COVID-19 Getting Farmers’ Products to Food Banks with Federal Help
Too many crops from too many farms are going to waste as farmers cannot get distributors to buy them. Too many food banks are going dry, and too many restaurants and their staff are idle. As Chef Jose Andres has asked in a recent eTown Hall, “Why can’t the Federal government pay restaurants to make food for food banks?”
See if there is existing U.S. law and existing nutrition programs that authorizes Federal funds to go directly to restaurants to fund them to make food for the unemployed, impoverished, and hungry and separately, authorizes orders for farmers to sell to food banks at least “at cost”. If not, work with public policy experts and Congress to make such a law. Coordinate with organizations like Feeding America and World Central Kitchen to get the supplies and funds to make food. Use blockchain as a ledger and for real-time recordkeeping and cold chain technology to preserve freshness of foods.