Farmers Feeding Florida is Feeding Florida’s produce recovery initiative that works in partnership with farmers and packers throughout the state to rescue and distribute wholesome and cosmetically blemished produce that can help to ease this burden. The initiative offsets out-of-pocket costs for packing materials to enable them to scale up donations to multiple truckload quantities.
Farmers have unmarketable (cosmetically blemished or high inventory) but wholesome produce; we have the means to share it with hungry people. Here in Florida, our food banks do an average of 5,000 truckloads of retail pick ups each week. Our member food bank employees and volunteers are trained and certified in proper food handling to ensure the quality of produce donations. Farmers Feeding Florida is endorsed by Florida’s major commodity groups and is supported by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Legislature and grants from private foundations.
Feeding Florida can arrange to have donations picked up within 48 hours of your call, freeing up valuable cooler and dock space at your facility. With one call to our logistics department, your questions can be answered and your donation arranged. Working together, we can solve hunger in Florida!
Sherri Atwell, Director of Produce Recovery
1-855-352-3663 ext. 1