A group of college students is delivering more than 100 tons of food to food banks in three different states right now. They’ve been doing it by finding farms who have surplus food, picking it up, and driving it to places in need.
The Farmlink Project, which began a couple of weeks ago, fills a need of connecting farms saddled with surplus food from canceled restaurant contracts and reduced demand to food banks facing miles of cars and out-of-work consumers.
“It’s been really amazing,” Farmlink founder James Kanoff told Fox News. “There’s been an outpouring of support of people volunteering and people donating, of people saying, ‘I’ll pick up a truck, I’ll go pick up on the farm. I have extra produce.’ We can’t thank the farmers enough.”
They are trying to bridge the gap after food banks have seen a large increase in demand.
“Financially, farmers can’t afford to pack these things and ship them off to the food bank. They’re already struggling. They’re not going to make any money this year,” he said. “They’re worried about not having enough money to plant next season.”
Kanoff added: “So, this food is just going to be left in the field or if it’s the eggs, they’re just going to smash the eggs. But if we can help offset the cost associated with transport, they’re more than happy to donate.”
Local farmers have always helped food banks but typically in small quantities as their product is on pallets and not boxed for consumers. Farmlink is helping fill the gap in logistics and packaging — trying to match food grown in rural areas to food banks in urban areas that are experiencing unprecedented need.
Photo Credit to: Owen Dubeck