A major US fruit supplier says up to 15% of its produce ‘will end up in the ditch’ without funding to donate to food pantries
- Driscoll’s CEO Soren Bjorn said that 10-15% of the berry producer’s crop will “end up in the ditch” if the government doesn’t provide funding to donate to food banks.
- Food banks are being overwhelmed as unemployment rates skyrocket while farmers across the country are being forced to destroy their goods.
- Pandemic-related shutdowns of travel, restaurants, and commercial campuses, have left many producers with more goods than they can sell.
- Bjorn said that the ideal place for excess goods to go is to food banks, but that the company won’t have money to pay for labor and transport without government aid.
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Driscoll’s will let 10-15% of its crop “end up in the ditch” if it doesn’t receive government funding to donate it to food banks, Driscoll’s CEO Soren Bjorn told Business Insider in a phone interview.
Historic unemployment rates are driving out-of-work Americans to food banks in numbers unheard of in recent years. But as grocery stores and food banks face massive shortages across the country, farmers are being forced to destroy the goods they worked so hard to produce, like milk and vegetables. Suppliers like Driscoll’s normally sell …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]