Happy March, Friends of Community Markets Inc.!

March 1st, 2024

On this day three years ago in 2021, Community Markets Inc. was founded by our Board of DirectorsHappy 3rd birthday, CMI! Over the past three years, CMI has fed over 6,000 people with healthy food grown by local farmers and put $80,000 back into the local economy by partnering with farms and family businesses, mostly in West Virginia. In 2023, fabulous partnerships continued to be formed like with UniCare which allowed CMI to deliver farm fresh food to 10 counties in WV using the refrigerated trailer that UniCare funded.

Celebrate 3 Years with CMI of increased Food Security and Local Food Access in WV! While today marks 3 years for Community Markets Inc., it also officially kicks off the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Unity Campaign! CMI is participating for the first time in this annual United Way fundraiser that brings together nonprofits from around the Eastern Panhandle of WV to fundraise together for various projects and causes that each nonprofit has. Through March 15, CMI is raising $26,400 to purchase a larger refrigerated trailer so that more families in need are fed and our mobile farmers markets like the St. Isidore Maket can grow and accommodate the increasing demand for affordable groceries from local farms.

Why donate to CMI through the Unity Campaign? Your donations to CMI through United Way during the Unity Campaign is matched $0.30 – $0.60 on the dollar thanks to match funds from United Way. While the money is donated to United Way, 100% of it is passed on to CMI. Please help us reach our goal and make your donations go further! To donate online go HEREtext UNITY2035 to 71777, or write a check to United Way of the Eastern Panhandle with “Unity Campaign – CMI” in the memo and either bring or mail it to CMI’s office in Charles Town or mail it to 24 District Way #201, Martinsburg, WV 25404. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your generosity!

2024 has already been filled with a lot of impact and networking and the CMI team can’t wait for what the next 10 months and beyond will bring! Help Community Markets Inc. realize a West Virginia where healthy, WV-grown food is on every West Virginian’s plate!

Donate now to feed underserved families & support local farmers!