Programs that enable farmers to gather in empty parking areas or similar spaces and sell freshly picked produce directly to consumers at lower than retail but higher than wholesale prices.
Programs that allow groups of consumers to pool their grocery orders and purchase food in bulk at lower than retail prices. Also included are programs that allow people to volunteer a few hours of community service in exchange for discounts on groceries through designated food outlets, and programs that distribute supplemental food to people who meet income guidelines and pay an annual membership fee.
Food markets that accept online and/or telephone orders and deliver food and household supplies to the homes of people who are unable to go out and shop on their own behalf or who prefer to have their groceries delivered. Also included are food pantries that deliver the food to people with illnesses, disabilities, transportation issues or other extenuating circumstances which prevent them from picking it up; and programs that place online orders for older adults, people with disabilities and individuals who are struggle with using a computer or have no Internet access.
Retail markets that sell food and household merchandise. Some establishments may specialize in a particular type of product, e.g., fruits and vegetables or fish.
Programs that bring fresh meat and produce, dairy items and other food and grocery products to remote rural areas, urban "food deserts" (neighbourhoods without access to good quality, affordable food) or other areas where residents have minimal access to healthy food sources or must travel long distances to access grocery stores that sell fresh food. Mobile markets generally operate from a truck, van, trailer or other vehicle converted for this purpose; and, like farmers markets, can serve various communities on a scheduled or rotating basis.
Programs organized by growers that allow customers to come into their fields and pick or harvest the produce they want to purchase. Prices are lower than retail, and picking baskets and ladders are often provided.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.