Monthly Giving: Foodwise Sustainers

Join the Foodwise Sustainers

For Foodwise’s 30th anniversary, support farmers markets, food access, and education by becoming a Foodwise Sustainer! Become a new monthly donor at $30 or more by May 22 to receive a special thank-you gift: a limited-edition Foodwise farmers market tote bag.

Since the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market began on May 22, 1993, you have been here with us growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. This spring, join Foodwise in celebrating 30 years of education, farmers markets, and community by joining our Foodwise Sustainers monthly giving program.

As a Foodwise Sustainer, you contribute to resilient local food systems, connected communities, and an equitable and inclusive food future for all. Your monthly gift supports:

  • Foodwise farmers markets, which are vital to the livelihoods of more than 130 small family farms and food makers, including BIPOC entrepreneurs who participate in Foodwise’s Building Equity program.
  • Fresh food access for Bay Area families, who depend on CalFresh/EBT and Market Match to make the most of their food dollars at the farmers market.
  • Free experiential food education for thousands of Bay Area youth to empower the next generation of food leaders, including farmers market field trips, cooking classes, and more.

Your monthly gift provides critical year-round support that we can count on to nourish our community today and for generations to come. Invest in a just, regenerative, and delicious food future by joining us as a Foodwise Sustainer today. Thank you!

Your generous donation could be doubled if your employer offers a matching gift program (check here). Please let us know if you require any additional documentation to qualify for a matching contribution: Interested in making a one-time gift or learning about other ways to support Foodwise? Click here.

Meet Some of Our Foodwise Sustainers

“I support Foodwise because I believe in bringing together farmers, fresh food, and the local community for better connection and healthier lives. Being a supporter of Foodwise and farmers markets is deeply personal for me: My grandparents, who ran a catering business, started bringing me to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market when I was 10. I’ve seen how Foodwise inspires young eaters and chefs to think differently about food, and that can have an impact on their lives for a very long time.”

Jennifer Brown, Foodwise Sustainer and Volunteer (pictured, left, with farmer Silvia Yerena)

“I have been going to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market from the beginning, rain or shine. We are so lucky to have access to such outstanding quality food. It is also a privilege to support the farmers who are working so hard and take such pride in giving us the best of everything.”

Esther Marks, Foodwise Sustainer and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market shopper

Being in the restaurant industry, I’ve been lucky to work with some amazing people who share a love for delicious food—not just the composed dishes, but the rich history of how regional cuisine developed, the individual ingredients used to tell that story, and the local producers who work tirelessly to bring those components to market. For me, a good meal is made that much better by featuring an ingredient at the height of its season and with an appreciation for the complex web of support necessary to present that dish at your table. There is a lot that happens between putting a seedling into the ground and ordering an entree at a restaurant. I support Foodwise because they help to tell this important story and, through their programming, nourish our community.

Korey Reynolds, Foodwise Sustainer (pictured, right, with partner and Foodwise Volunteer Kory Cogdill)

I support Foodwise monthly because their mission and actions are aligned with my values: We should support local farmers as much as possible. We should strive to be engaged with our community. And we should share the joy and wisdom inherent in making and eating delicious food together!

Marianna Ilagan, Foodwise Sustainer and Volunteer