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Help get surplus produce to those who need it


December 31, 2013at 11:59 pm

Two million pounds of food goes to waste on Vermont farms annually, and only 15% of that surplus is captured and fed to people.

The problem is that there is no where to clean, package and temporarily store this excess produce. Food shelves won't take freshly dug carrots or other crops unless they have been sorted and washed.

Salvation Farms is trying to raise $40,000 by January 1, 2014. The funds will be used to continue the renovation of a building at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor where they have already built a space for cleaning and storing potatoes. This campaign will help create a safe, efficient facility ready to wash, pack, store, and ship large volumes of a more diverse variety of surplus crops.

Please consider supporting their efforts and spreading the word about their campaign to others who would like to see more surplus food get to the people that need it. If this succeeds, it could be a great model for the rest of the country!

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