About us

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

The National Produce Program was established to increase the network's capacity in securing and distributing more donated fresh produce throughout the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks, 60,000 agencies and 37 million Americans who struggle with food insecurity.

How the Program Works

  • Provides growers, shippers, and packers access to a national distribution channel for healthy produce that would otherwise go wasted or destroyed each year, and direct this food to millions of children and families in need.
  • Partners with growers and industry experts to help Feeding America identify and secure bulk nutritious sources of fresh fruits and vegetables, including but not limited to, potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes, apples, and oranges.
  • Offers of fresh produce are presented on a consistent basis via an online tool to our network which assists the many agencies our network serves.
  • Donations are presented to our national office from many sources across the U.S and shipped to food banks across the country
  • When needed, the National Produce Program will partner with donors to support Pick and Pack Out costs required that transform these bulk produce items into manageable packaging commonly found in supermarkets. This allows produce to be distributed more efficiently and to capture fresh produce at an earlier stage in the supply chain that translates into increased freshness.
  • More nutritious foods are being distributed to people through our network than ever before due to the scale and efficiencies of our National Produce Program.

Fast Facts

  • The Feeding America network of food banks distributes an average of over 18 million pounds of fresh produce each week
  • The Feeding America National Produce Program connects food banks with an average of more than 2 million pounds of fresh produce weekly.
  • For more information about the National Produce Program, please email freshproduce@feedingamerica.org or call 312.641.6606

For more information on Feeding America and hunger in America, visit www.feedingamerica.org