Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Farmers dump crops durning pandemic shut down...families go hungry?

update Dole donating more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce to food banks, communities in need

update Free milk, cheese and yogurt at SUNY Morrisville dairy drive-through to support families, farmers

update: Idaho farm gave away potatoes for free so they wouldn't go to waste Cranney Farms in Oakley has thousands of potatoes they were expecting to sell. Instead of dumping them, they gave them away.

Milk to be rescued from Wisconsin dairy farmers, given to people in need

In a press release sent early Wednesday morning, the Hunger Task Force said it will commit up to $1 million to the Wisconsin Dairy Recovery. The money will be used to buy it back from dairy farmers and supply it to those in need.

Stop dumping harvest when you can feed the hungry

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
April 14, 2020

We just had Easter, the day we honor the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, but too many forget what He taught us. That is apparent today when farms are dumping produce and milk, because they cannot sell it.
"About 7 o’clock Tuesday night, Golden E Dairy got the call that any dairy farmer would dread. They were being asked to dump 25,000 gallons of fresh milk a day because there was no place for it to go as the marketplace for dairy products has been gutted by the closure of restaurants, schools, hotels and food service businesses." USA Today

Dean and Betsy Brightly turned a farm of just a few hundred acres in the late 1970s to over 2,000 acres today and grow a plethora of plants with a focus on cabbage and butternut squash. Brightly Farms has never had to dump food like they did this year as demand dropped for their crop they refrigerate until this time. “We still have a couple hundred tons,” said Dean, “which is over $100,000 worth of product that we probably are going to have to dump.” RochesterFirst

They said they had no choice, but they did, and still do. They can choose to do the right thing by helping the food banks all across the country to feed the hungry.

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

Matthew 25:44-45
As they are dumping their harvests, this is what is happening as people line up for whatever they can get to help them feed their families.
Six THOUSAND families line up in their cars for hours at a food bank in San Antonio as millions across the country turn to charity organizations to keep from going hungry during coronavirus lockdown
Families in need waited hours to get their hands on fresh fruit, vegetables and other non-perishable goods that have become hard to find in traditional stores as panic-buying leaves shelves empty. The sight of long rows of cars waiting outside food banks has become more frequent since the pandemic has made its impact on the United States, with similar scenes seen in Florida and Pennsylvania in the last two weeks. Daily Mail

Do the right thing and contact your local food bank to see how you can help instead of wasting what you were blessed with.

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:17-21

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