Extension programming often strives to achieve maximum impact on a minimum budget, but when it comes to sourcing local produce, asking farmers to donate sellable commodity can result in a dip into their profits. By connecting community partners, Extension can facilitate collaborations that work in the favor of all participating parties and ultimately provide a valuable service. This model was implemented in the development of the Meals Plus program, an add-on service to Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels (MOW). The Meals Plus program delivered 130–160 shares of local produce weekly to MOW clients during Salt Lake County's 5-month farmers' market season.
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Wagner, K. (2016). Meals Plus Program—An Innovative Approach for Providing Local Produce to Meals on Wheels Clients. The Journal of Extension, 54(1), Article 25. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.01.25