Article Published: Aug. 1, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 1, 2013
It’s not everyday a small community organization is recognized for its efforts in feeding those in need.
It’s even less common for that same nonprofit to be recognized on the national level, but for FARM Café of Boone, that honor came in the form of a radio show.
FARM (Feed All Regardless of Means) is a not-for-profit restaurant that is geared to feed the less fortunate in the community.
The community outreach pay-what-you-can or work-for-what-you-can kitchen was recently honored through “eTown’s” E-Chievement Award on a weekly radio show on National Public Radio.
While the café’s executive chef, Renee Boughman, received the official award, the selection speaks volumes for the café itself.
“The main thing that’s nice about this is the exposure,” Boughman said on winning the award. “So many more people will now hear about what we are doing. It (also) gets you on a broader communication base and reach beyond our community. It’s nice to have folks outside of the state who hear about you in different ways.”
Contest guidelines dictate that only individuals can be the official recipients of the award, although organization founders can represent their nonprofit in the larger sense.
According to “eTown,” the show encourages listeners from around the country to send in stories of individuals who make a positive impact on their community.
Past recipients include those who organized massive river cleanups to programs that help the homeless, according to the show’s website.
Each winner is nominated by a listener and joins the show live, by phone or in person, to tell their story.
Boughman said she knows the student who nominated her and, by association, FARM Café.
“I wasn’t surprised in the sense that I have listened to ‘eTown’ all of these years,” Boughman said. “I used to work out at Westglow (Resort), and I would listen to NPR and the ‘eTown’ program, so I am familiar with it. I knew we had been nominated because I knew the student that nominated us. I was surprised at how fast they got back with us. Once they spoke with us, I became excited that they considered us a candidate. They were very thorough in the phone calls and interviews. We found out in June and actually did the phone interview with them in July.”
Boughman said the award, while on the largest stage she and the café have been associated with, is not the first for the community kitchen.
Recently, FARM received an award through the United Church of Christ and attended its national convention.
The NPR show for the most recent award was recorded and broadcast in Boulder, Colo.
The E-Chievement Award broadcast for FARM will be aired on more than 300 stations from Sept. 11 to 17.
Many stations also stream over the web.