July 12th, 2011
It is normal to think of canned and packaged foods when it comes to giving to food banks, but what about fresh produce? During this new “organic era” we are being encouraged from every angle to eat healthy and fresh, but we all know that comes with a price; it is easier, faster and cheaper to eat fast food, and it is as easy for Food Banks to acquire and provide canned and packaged foods.
All that said, the question is: Can we possibly provide fresh produce for Food Banks? I believe the answer is yes. Want more? Click here. It will definitely require more man power (usually volunteers) and new methods for acquiring these fresh foods, but some are as simple as attaining partnerships with produce growers to allow the Food Banks to recover any produce left behind by the automated pick up machines, as well as partnering with grocery stores to donate those “still edible” but too close to expiring products.
As it is with any new initiative, providing Fresh Produce to Food Banks definitely poses a challenge, but there are ways around it and can be achieved with collaboration from food growers, food distributors and individual volunteers, one step at a time, one country at a time.
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