Apparently, the old adage “beauty is only skin deep” applies to fruits and veggies, too.
Through a North Carolina initiative known as “Farm to Food Bank,” local farmers can donate their misshapen, blemished or distressed – but otherwise nutritious and delicious – produce to food banks throughout North Carolina, helping feed the nearly 1.8 million North Carolinians who are currently lacking sufficient food.
It’s hard to determine who is happiest about the initiative. Is it the farmer, who hates waste, especially when he knows his imperfect produce is edible? Is it the food banks, who until recently saw the bulk of their donated food in processed food, not fresh fruits and veggies? Or is it those in need of food, who are happy to enjoy a smorgasbord of potatoes, squash, tomatoes, watermelons and more?
The answer is all of the above.