1 in 7 Georgians struggles to put enough nutritious food on the table, yet 40% of food is wasted with the biggest category being fresh fruit and vegetables. Georgia’s farmers and food banks have joined forces to recover surplus produce and help end hunger in Georgia.
Farmers have the unmarketable but wholesome produce; we have the means to share it with hungry people. Each year, Georgia farmers donate their perfectly healthy but misshapen or missized produce that would otherwise be thrown away. This partnership provides more than 14 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to the food bank network each year. In 2020, Georgia Farmers donated nearly 15 million pounds of Georgia grown produce to the food bank network in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Across the Georgia Food Bank Association network, we have refrigerated facilities to process donations as well as refrigerated trucks to safely transport and distribute the goods statewide. Together, we are putting an end to the cycle of hunger and chronic disease.
It’s a win-win. You can create a market for your seconds all while helping to end hunger in Georgia. Georgia’s food banks have the knowledge and infrastructure to handle your donations effectively and safely, and the Good Samaritan Laws protect you from any legal liability for good faith charitable food donations.
For more information about how you can donate contact Dustin Lard, Produce Sourcer