How Does a CSA

 Voucher Program Work? 

 

A CSA voucher is a wellness benefit that employees can put towards weekly, fresh, organic vegetables that they can pick up directly in the workplace during the main Kentucky growing season.  

CSA program improves

long-term health outcomes 

We know that positive lifestyle changes will improve health. The trick is engaging employees to make those changes. 

 

When employers offer a voucher towards weekly vegetable shares more employees participate and reap the benefits of...

  • Decrease in doctor’s visits

  • Decrease in pharmaceutical expenses

  • Increase in daily servings of vegetables

  • Increase in meals cooked at home

 

 

Vegetable shares increases employees' access to fresh food

The program works to encourage healthy eating by providing employer-sponsored vouchers as a wellness benefit to purchase a CSA share.

 

Employees can apply the voucher towards a weekly vegetable share from a local, organic farms and pick it up each week in the workplace for 20-22 weeks (May-October).  

How to start offering a

voucher program

A employer partner that is interested in offering CSA vouchers will designate funds for a predetermined number (usually $200 each) that will then be distributed to employees to purchase a CSA share from a partner farm. 

 

The Kentucky Farm Share works with the employer to promote these vouchers by offering templates for workplace promotion, organizes a farmer meet and greet, and creates an employer-specific landing page on the KY Farm Share website.

 

Once employees receive their voucher, they go to their employer landing page, select a partner farm, visit the farm's website, purchase a share with voucher, and complete payment for the share less the voucher amount.

 

Depending on the share size, farm shares typically range from $440 - $700 for 20-22 weeks. With the help of the voucher, employees can purchase a share for $240-$500 for the main CSA season (May to October).

Employees benefit from 

customizable shares

Partner Farms offers customizable options that allow members to go online and choose produce from a wide variety of offerings each week. 

 

Each farm offers a small/mini and large/regular vegetable share sizes.

 

All farms grow 100% USDA Certified Organic produce.

Members save each week on produce compared to shopping at grocery store or farmers market for similar quality. See comparison here.

All coalition farms are experienced growers and offer a high level of customer service and member communication. 

Employers make a strong impact in the community

When employers offer a voucher program in their workplace they...

  • Help employees create long-term habits and promote healthier lifestyle. 

  • Mitigate diet-related healthcare costs and can reduce diet-related employee medical claims.

  • Offer a connection with community and support local Kentucky farms. 

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