Nearly 40 health care facilities in Maryland and the District of Columbia purchased and served at least one food from a local farmer each day during this summer’s one-week Buy Local Challenge, a statewide campaign launched by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC).
The facilities that participated collectively spent more than $15,000 on foods from local farms that week, including fruits, vegetables, eggs and meat.
Many hospitals encouraged their employees and members of their surrounding communities to participate in the challenge as well. As a result, more than 800 individuals pledged, through the hospitals’ outreach initiatives, to eat at least one local food each day during the Buy Local Challenge.
Please click the above link for more details of the Buy Local Challenge, as well as a full list of the participating hospitals.
Congratulations to all who participated; what a significant, impactful week!