Both food insecurity and food waste continue to rise across North America. In response to those disturbing trends, three childhood friends launched The Farmlink Project, a nonprofit connecting farms with excess produce to food banks that don’t have enough. According to these young entrepreneurs, U.S. farmers grow enough to feed every person in the country, so the crisis seems to stem from indifference rather than lack of food.
Right away, the nonprofit received hundreds of emails from people wanting to help, and it has already expanded operations to 48 states. With rising grocery prices and long lines at food banks demonstrating the high demand for food, The Farmlink Project hit a milestone in January, recovering 50 million pounds of produce! That’s enough to make 42 million meals! The co-founders received a service award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society last March, and their names made this month’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
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