What is the Share Fresh Wisconsin produce program?
With 1 in 10 Wisconsin households struggling with hunger, we can’t afford to allow any food to go to waste. The Share Fresh Wisconsin produce program works with local farmers in two ways to collect fresh produce from growers to ensure that our friends and neighbors have access to the high-quality nutritious food that we grow.
The Surplus Program aims to help you in the times that you may have portions of your harvest unmarketable due to size variances, blemishes, or other cosmetic imperfections. Rather than plowing this perfectly edible, nutritious food under, call us and we can help you get your food to the people who need it.
Field to Food Bank
One of the challenges in distributing fresh produce is our short season and the speed that the product has to be turned over. Field to Food Bank aims to increase the “fresh-processed” vegetable distribution to those facing hunger. Local farmers agree to grow fresh product for the food bank, which then is processed at the peak of nutrition and freshness by local food processors for the food bank.
How can you help?
Watch for donation opportunities, share information with your associates and vendors or participate by doing any of the following:
Surplus produce: If you find yourself with extra vegetables or fruit that you are unable to sell or won’t be able to use, we ask that you consider donating them.
Less-than-perfect produce: Donate less-than-ideal food that is still perfectly edible to our neighbors in need.
Land: Dedicate extra land to grow fresh food for food banks.
- No donation is too small. We can connect you directly with an agency that will accept your donation.
- No donation is too large. We accept bulk shipments and some food banks may be willing to pick it up from your location.
- We accept fresh produce.
- With our distribution network we can respond quickly to capture your donation.
- Donations made in good faith are protected from liability by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which was signed into law on October 1, 1996.
For more information or to get involved, please email Molly Jakubek, our regional produce sourcer, or fill out the short form below and we will contact you shortly.