THE FARMLINK PROJECT IN THE NEWS
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“So far, in total, the group has delivered 78,000 eggs, including produce from Trafficanda Egg Ranches, and 50,00 pounds of onions, including some from Owyhee Produce in Oregon and Idaho.
Meanwhile, a shipment from Doug Hess’ Fall River Farms in Ashton, Idaho, — 40,000 pounds of potatoes — was arriving on Tuesday to food banks in Southern California to be distributed to families.”
— ABC News
“So far, [The FarmLink Project] has diverted 50,000 onions that were about to be destroyed on a farm in Oregon and paid for their transportation to Los Angeles, where they were distributed to food banks. The students also bought 10,000 eggs from a California farm, rented a truck and drove them to a large food bank.”
— The New York Times
“About 50 students are working on the project at present. The group is organized into teams focused on fundraising, reaching out to farms and reaching out to food banks. The goal is to inspire others to build similar farm-to-food bank networking systems. The students aim to nurture FarmLink over the coming months and leave it in good shape to be a sustainable non-profit effort.”
— Variety News
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“FarmLink is helping to reduce food waste by raising money to purchase the excess food from farmers and rerouting the deliveries to food bank distributor partners.
As of May 8, FarmLink has moved food in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, California, North Carolina, and Virginia and has plans to start working in Texas, Wyoming, New York, Michigan, and the New England area. The group is aiming to move at least 1 million pounds of food by the end of May and 5 million pounds by the end of the summer. ”
— NowThis News
“We have received hundreds of notes, emails, and comments,” said Ben Collier, a student at Brown University who joined the project. “We’ve built a network of people across the country who want to participate in a multitude of ways.”
He continued: “We are connecting farmers in Maine and North Carolina to a food bank in Washington, D.C. All the farmers we spoke to want to help but recognize they don’t have the ability to connect past food banks in their area.”
“FarmLink’s work has made an impact on some of the hardest-hit regions of the country, including Navajo Nation at the intersection of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, which has eclipsed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the United States.
FarmLink volunteers have recently doubled the amount of food they deliver and are now up to 500,000 pounds per week. The response teams are also working to support communities facing unrest and curfews amid protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, which have exacerbated an already severe food insecurity problem.”
-The Washington Post
"Farmlink has moved more than 1,000,000 pounds of food since they started and has inspired about 2,000 people to sign up and volunteer."
-Al Roker, Co-host of the Today Show
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