While food bank lines have only grown longer during the novel coronavirus pandemic, millions of pounds of produce have still gone to waste.
With schools and restaurants closed, supply orders have drastically decreased, leaving farmers to dump milk and other items they can’t sell. But thanks to a group of compassionate college students, this lifesaving food is now going to families in need!
When Stanford University students James Kanoff and Stella Delp heard about the staggering amount of food going to waste, they knew they had to act.
That’s why they created the FarmLink Project, a grassroots movement that not only distributes supplies to charities, but also ensures farmers are earning money.
“The farmers want to donate [their surplus food], but they can’t afford to take on the associated costs, like packaging and transporting it,” James explained.
That’s where FarmLink comes in. Funded by donations, they purchase food from farmers and pay truckers to deliver everything to food bank distributors.
Their first projects in April alone transported 50,000 pounds of onions and 10,000 eggs and provided 644,000 pounds of food across multiple states.
The group quickly grew to include 20 students and graduates from five different colleges.
“Our goal is to get produce where it is needed most,” said Will Collier, a Brown University senior. “No food bank should have to turn people away during this crisis.”
The nonprofit hopes to deliver 1 million pounds of food by the end of May and 5 million pounds of food by the fall.
With so many dedicated, caring individuals working tirelessly to make that happen, we have no doubt they’ll accomplish that mission!
Talk about making a difference! Thanks to FarmLink, families across the country won’t have to worry about going hungry. Help them make an even bigger impact by visiting their website or donating to the cause.
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