Emmons started off donating produce from her garden to churches and food pantries, then in 2008 founded the nonprofit Sow Much Good to sell fruits and vegetables directly to underserved neighborhoods.
She strives to make her food as affordable as possible. People are also able to use their food stamps to purchase anything she sells, including seeds and seedlings so they can grow the food themselves.
Emmons and her volunteers distribute recipe cards, too, and urge customers to attend the group’s free cooking demonstrations and canning classes. It’s all part of their mission to help people take control over what they are eating and improve their health.
And customers seem hungry for all that Emmons and her group are offering.
“We’ve been really, really thrilled about the response from the community,” Emmons said. “Even as early as January of this year, they were calling, asking, ‘When are you coming back out?’ “
A 2010 study out of UNC Charlotte found that more than 72,000 low-income Charlotte residents live in areas with no supermarket access. Read the study here.
Find out more about Sow Much Good on their website: www.sowmuchgood.org