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Food Bank of NEA participates in produce pilot program

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas was recently selected to participate in a new study.

It was one of 4 food banks in the country selected to put a produce pilot program in place.

They were given a $150,000 grant to start the study in May.

The program brought in large quantities of produce and tested the supply and distribution chain to discover any barriers in getting families fresh produce.

What were finding right now is that for fresh produce its about a 3-to-1 cost ratio to canned goods, Executive Director for the food bank Christie Jordan said. So, for every canned good that we buy we can provide 3 pounds of fresh produce to families in need.

Jordan also said the clients they serve want the produce and the need is huge.

The food bank distributes around 5 million pounds of food every year, but theyve learned they need to be distributing 14 to 16 million pounds annually to meet the needs of the poverty population in NEA.

Jordan said the next step is to find funding to sustain the new program.

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