Purdue Extension Program Gets Excess Ag Crops into Food Pantries

In *All, Food Security, Youth, Family, & Communities by Courtney

Every year, crops on small farms go to waste simply because the cost of harvesting and packaging them is not financially viable. Simultaneously, food banks are seeking a reliable source of fresh produce, as they typically can only afford aging produce that can no longer be sold in stores.

To combat both of these problems, Purdue Extension created the “Waste Not Want Not” program. Waste Not Want Not provides financial support to food pantries, allowing them to pay small farms sustainable and fair wages in exchange for their excess harvest. This practice has multiple societal, economic and environmental benefits by providing nutritious options at food pantries and reducing waste at farms.

Responses form local farmers and food banks have been tremendous. Read about them here.

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