Edible Communities Celebrates Food Heroes, in partnership with Niman Ranch

Food heroes are all around us, impacting lives beyond the plate. We’re seeing farmers, chefs, grocery store clerks, butchers, truckers and other essential workers in the food chain going above and beyond to help feed their local communities.

Edible Communities is proud to partner with natural meats pioneer Niman Ranch to help celebrate these too often-underappreciated heroes.

Local Food Heroes Share Their Stories

From the farm fields to grocery store aisles, we are seeing unexpected heroes step up to bring wholesome meals to their neighbors in need. These heroes are making personal sacrifices, putting themselves on the frontlines to help their neighbors.

Food heroes are everywhere. Do you know one? Nominate them to be featured here!

Chef Adam Crawford at The City Club of Cleveland

How a Chef Ended Up Processing Meat for More than 10,000 Meals a Week for a Nonprofit

Cleveland, OH——As the City Club of Cleveland’s normally bustling kitchen sat empty and idle due to the impact of Covid-19, Chef Adam Crawford quickly realized he had a couple of resources desperately in demand for the efforts to feed by the neediest in the community: culinary training and an empty kitchen. To date, Chef Crawford and Sous Chef Neil Baron, with the support of City Club leadership, have processed meat for more than 10,000 meals a week packaged and distributed to the city’s homeless by a local nonprofit.

Vanilla Bean Creamery donated 900 ice cream sundaes to Elkhart General Hospital

Vanilla Bean Creamery Dispatches Dairy For Healthcare Workers

Elkhart, IN——For the mother-daughter duo who own and operate Vanilla Bean Creamery, donating 900 ice cream sundaes to Elkhart General Hospital was a way to give back to the community that has welcomed them in their first year of business. While the hospital has received many meal donations over the last two months, they gladly offered these sweet treats to support not only the healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, but to the entire hospital.

SFCC culinary arts program and local chefs and restaurateurs preparing packaged meals for the World Central Kitchen food distribution project

SFCC Partners With Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to Get Local Food to Those in Need

Santa Fe, NM——To address food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis, Santa Fe Community College has launched a food distribution program in partnership with World Central Kitchen. With the support the SFCC Foundation, a number of New Mexico chefs and the community, the SFCC Culinary Arts Program faculty and students are preparing thousands of healthy meals daily, with a hefty dose of traditional New Mexico ingredients, to feed those in the community to whom the economic ripples of COVID-19 have been felt most devastatingly.

Neighbors donate money for Chef Esparza to make meals to feed those in need

Silvana Salcido Esparza’s Restaurant May Be Closed, But She Cannot Stop Feeding the Hungry

Phoenix, AZ——She’s been inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and nominated 7 times for a James Beard Award. Chef Esparza also oftentimes suffers from debilitating pain from a chronic condition. You would think that when COVID-19 forced her to shut down one of her restaurants, she would take some much needed rest. Instead, she started collecting donations from local purveyors and from neighbors who literally threw cash over the fence of her house which adjoins the restaurant, and again fired up her closed kitchen. She and dozens of volunteers prepared hundreds of meals a day for those in need, as well as frontline healthcare workers.

Share a food hero story from your community

Food heroes are everywhere. Do you know one? Nominate them to be featured here! To celebrate these heroes and helpers, for every nomination, Niman Ranch will donate a serving of their all-natural meat to help with COVID-19 relief.

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