our goal: to put ourselves out of business.
no one should have to go to bed hungry while perfectly viable produce goes to waste.
No one should have to go to bed hungry while perfectly viable produce goes to waste. This produce shouldn’t have to be “rescued” from rotting in fields or being sent to the landfill, either; why were we ever letting this produce go to waste in the first place? These are systemic issues that our society needs to address. In a perfect world, The Farmlink Project wouldn’t need to exist—systems would be in place to streamline the supply chain so that zero percent, rather than 30 to 40 percent, of food grown in the United States went to waste.
For now, The Farmlink Project is acting as the “link” connecting the broken supply chains in the agricultural and food access industries. Our long-term goal is to set up infrastructure which will render our work obsolete. If there were no food waste, if there were no hungry people lining up outside understocked and underfunded food banks, there would be no need for The Farmlink Project. That’s the dream. We’ve got a lot of work to do before we get there, though. We need you to help us put ourselves out of business.
Our team comprises more than 100 students from colleges and universities across the country. When our college campuses closed in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, many of us found ourselves back at home with the urge to help those struggling in this pandemic. The Farmlink Project was born in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have plans to become a long-term and sustainable organization in the fight against food insecurity and food waste.
Prior to receiving our 501c3 status, we partnered with Food Finders , a 501c3 food rescue organization connecting donated perishable food to hundreds of nonprofit pantries and shelters throughout Southern California. We are also proud to team up with Uber Freight as part of their Move What Matters campaign to coordinate and transport food to those who need it most. We are grateful to work hand-in-hand with our partners and excited for what more we can accomplish together.