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Title:Farm to Food Bank Pilot: Rendleman Orchards
Author(s):University of Illinois. Prairie Research Institute. Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Technical Assistance Program; Feeding Illinois
Subject(s):Food waste -- Source reduction (waste management) -- Illinois -- Case studies
Food insecurity -- Illinois
Agricultural markets -- Illinois
Food banks -- Illinois -- Case studies
Circular economy -- Illinois
Agricultural markets -- Supply chain -- Illinois -- Case studies
Geographic Coverage:Southern Illinois
Abstract:Feeding Illinois partnered with Rendleman Orchards during the 2021 growing season to ensure no fruit went to waste. Through the USDA’s Farm to Food Bank grant, Feeding Illinois was able to pay Rendleman Orchards its picking and pack-out costs (PPO) which represent the farm’s costs to harvest and package the product and enabled the donation of the peaches, nectarines, and apples. The fruit was either off-spec, meaning it did not qualify to be sold in typical primary markets due to size/weight/blemishes, or surplus, meaning that the farmer did not have a buyer or market outlet for the fruit. Rather than the fruit going to waste, Feeding Illinois helped Rendleman Orchards recoup their costs and provide fresh local nutritious fruit to Illinois neighbors in need.
Issue Date:2022-02
Publisher:Geneva, IL : Feeding Illinois
Series/Report:Farm to Food Bank
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-01-21

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