Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-4) 75 pp

February 2000

Increasing Food Recovery From Farmers' Markets: A Preliminary Analysis

Collecting unsold food discarded at farmers' markets has the potential to allow nonprofit food recovery and gleaning organizations to distribute significant quantities of wholesome, unsold fruits and vegetables to needy families. Donations of this unsold produce by the participants at these markets can generate tangible benefits: increased private food assistance and better nutrition for lower income families. The Geographical Information System (GIS) analysis presented in this study indicates that there is potential to strengthen the links between farmers' markets and nonprofit food recovery and gleaning organizations in many areas of the United States.

Keywords: farmers' markets, food assistance, food recovery, food recovery organizations, food gleaning organizations, Geographical Information System

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