I’ve been reading a lot about the “Farmer Foodshare Challenge” this Saturday at these Triangle farmer’s markets: Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Durham Farmers’ Market, South Estes Farmers’ Market in Chapel Hill and the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary.
The challenge is a one-morning effort to raise as much locally grown NC produce as possible for the neediest in our communities. The day’s goal is 4,000 pounds. What I wonder is how can so much fresh produce be used so quickly? I’ve volunteered to prepare meals at a Durham community kitchen and we were hard-pressed to use all the awesome donated veggies. And that was on a regular day.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for getting fresh food to people who need it. I was very happy to read that this ongoing food donation program has delivered more than 13.4 tons of locally grown, top-quality farm fresh food to more than 16 nonprofit agencies serving the hungry in five NC counties (Chatham, Cleveland, Durham, Orange and Wake). Also, the program has raised over $5,000 in shopper donations to buy food from farmers and donate it to hungry children, seniors and adults.
So my question is not, is this a good cause, but is this event the most effective way to get food to people who need it? Will food be wasted in the short term? How does this help the cause in the long term? Am I the only person wondering this? I’d love to hear what others think.