FarmLink has now helped connect 3.5 million pounds of fresh produce from farms to communities in need! Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us, sharing your valuable thoughts, ideas, and resources.
Out of the 40+ farm to food bank connections FarmLink made this week alone, here are a few that we wanted to highlight for you!
286,000 eggs made their way from Pitman, Pennsylvania to Maryland Food Bank (Baltimore, Maryland), Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank (Crownsville, Maryland), Montco Anti-Hunger Network (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania), Food Not Bombs (West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a cluster of local churches (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and La Morada Restaurant (Bronx, New York). These eggs will help feed local community members, protestors, and refugees. Read more about FarmLink’s connection with La Morada Restaurant and this delivery here.
180,750 pounds of mixed produce boxes traveled from Pacific Produce to Food Rescue US (Detroit, Michigan) and various communities in Chicago, New York City, and Hamilton (New York). These produce boxes were made up of a colorful array of potatoes, onions, carrots, oranges, grapefruit, apples, and pears! FarmLink helped connect these produce boxes and coordinate logistics, while the US Department of Agriculture took charge in distributing them. Read more about FarmLink’s work with Food Rescue US here.
40,000 pounds of potatoes were transported from Moses Lake, Washington and distributed to the White Mountain Apache Tribe (Pinetop, Arizona). The White Mountain Apache Tribe consists of 16,000 tribal members, most of whom live on the 1.67 million acre reservation in east-central Arizona.
40,000 pounds of potatoes made their way from Troutdale, Oregon to the Navajo Nation (Rehoboth, New Mexico). This is one of multiple deliveries that FarmLink has helped execute to the Navajo Nation thus far. Spanning over 17 million acres and 175,000 tribal members, the Navajo Nation has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19. Read more about FarmLink’s connection with the Navajo Nation here.
110 gallons of goat milk were connected from Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy in Glenfield, New York to Mercy Point Church’s Soup Kitchen (Watertown, New York) as well as the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council (Watertown, New York). The MPC Soup Kitchen serves meals twice a week to families in need across the Jefferson County area, while the NCPPC delivers milk to mothers in need around the upstate New York counties. Read more about the connection with Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy here.
FarmLink uploads new articles highlighting various communities and deliveries to the website every week! Head on over to our News page to explore some stories about the wonderful farmers and food banks that we have helped connect!
Run by an entirely volunteer staff, FarmLink uses 100% of donated funds to buy produce and pay industry workers. With your help, we are reducing hunger and food waste across the United States. Thank you for supporting our mission of feeding those in need while financing essential jobs.
Sincerely, The Farmlink Team