“Generosity can be just as meaningful for the giver as it is for the receiver. ”
The Farmlink Project is a nonprofit grassroots organization helping farms and food banks amid the crisis of food instability caused by COVID-19. Farmlink provides seamless logistics to transport surplus produce from farms to food banks in need while restoring the jobs of farm workers and truckers.
Fighting hunger is this project’s mission. Repurposing surplus produce is its solution. Right now, an estimated 54 million Americans are facing food insecurity. At the same time, the USDA estimates that 35-40% of all food produced in the U.S. goes to waste each year. The Farmlink Project is on a mission to connect the billions of pounds of fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste in order to feed people in need, reduce carbon emissions, and build a more sustainable future.
Founded in April 2020 by a group of college students in response to the food supply chain disruptions catalyzed by COVID-19, Farmlink has since grown to a passionate volunteer base of 180+ young people with an average age of 21. Since our inception seven months ago, we have delivered over 16 million pounds (equivalent to 13 million meals) to 266 food banks in 39 different states, rescuing produce from 67 farms in 23 states and providing $1.2 million in economic relief to farmers and truckers along the way.