US (MI): Lettuce growers fight food waste and feed families

At Feeding America West Michigan, they believe everyone should have access to fresh, local produce. Revolution Farms takes this belief to heart by choosing to donate 1 percent of its hydroponically grown lettuce. Doing so fights food waste, while bringing farm-to-table freshness to those in need.

The farm strives to make people “feel good about what they’re eating, knowing that it’s fresh from the local community,” said Marguex, the farm’s business development and HR manager.

This includes people who may be struggling to feed their families at all, much less afford nutrient-packed, greenhouse-grown lettuce.

“A majority of the people who are food insecure in our community are down on their luck for a phase in their life, and it’s nice to be able to provide them some normalcy,” Marguex said.

Still in its debut year, the acre-wide greenhouse has provided delicious lettuce to many facing food insecurity by donating surplus produce to Feeding America West Michigan. Since the farm’s first yield last November, 4,000 pounds of lettuce have ended up on one of our trucks, headed toward the plates of those facing hunger.

Read the full article at The Rapidean

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