We believe that all people have a right to healthy and nutritious food. Each year, we offer a limited number of sliding scale shares in order to make our CSA accessible to community members who are not able to afford a share at full price. Please read the following for more information about our sliding scale program:
We offer the following options for sliding scale payment
Consider choosing a higher paying option or purchasing a full price share if you…
- have higher earning power due to your education, gender, racial privilege, or class
- have access to money through Individual Retirement Account (IRA), 401-(k), or Deferred Compensation Account
- have access to family money
- have investments
- own your own home
- don’t have trouble paying for groceries
- work from home or otherwise have maintained employment at a living wage¹ during the pandemic
Consider choosing a lower paying option if you
- are a member of a historically marginalized group – Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, disabled, etc.
- receive any kind of public assistance (i.e. SNAP, TANF, WIC, Unemployment, SSDI)
- have immigration related expenses
- have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- experienced a significant lack of employment/income during the pandemic
The SNAP share is intended for individuals who currently receive or are eligible to receive SNAP benefits.
We also offer a very limited number of Solidarity Shares at zero cost to support those most closely impacted by state violence. This share is intended to extend additional support (but is not limited to) our BIPOC, immigrant, refugee, communities as well as others who persistently experience food apartheid² and do not have access to grocery stores with fresh produce in their neighborhood.
The 2022 Sliding Scale CSA Share Application is available here.
Want to help share the harvest? Click HERE to donate to our food food justice fund and help us make fresh, local food available to even more families!
Phillies Bridge’s Sliding Scale model is informed by Soul Fire Farm’s report “Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice” as well as the work of local fair food systems collaborators at Kingston Food Co-op, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Rock Steady Farm and Flowers, and Rolling Grocer 19. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our sliding scale program, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Living wage calculator for Ulster County: https://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/36111
2. Food apartheid, as opposed to “food deserts,” refers to a community’s lack of access to healthy, local, and nutritious food as brought on by systemic inequality. Read more about food apartheid HERE. Read more about systemic inequality HERE