19 May '12, 5pm

Bringing Garden Fresh into Food Banks | Care2 Causes

As I said in a related post, the urban farming movement is helping to grow fresh, local, organic foods for school lunch programs & food banks. People are using vacant lots, empty structures, rooftops, available private/ public lands, & edible landscaping to produce more foods. Many hunters, in some states, donate wild game to food banks. Gleaning activities help to harvest fruits and other crops that might not otherwise be harvested. Local farmers can be contracted to grow, process, & deliver foods needed for organic school lunch programs & food banks. Local food retailers & restaurants can be organized to give food banks what they cannot sell. True, garden fresh is better but most food banks are happy to take what they can get. In brief, every option needs to be used to provide the increasing quantities of foods needed by food banks.

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