Farm to Food Bank Pilot: Rendleman Orchards

Feeding Illinois

Research output: Other contribution


Feeding Illinois partnered with Rendleman Orchards during the 2021 growing season to ensure no fruit went to waste. Through the USDA’s Farm to Food Bank grant, Feeding Illinois was able to pay Rendleman Orchards its picking and pack-out costs (PPO) which represent the farm’s costs to harvest and package the product and enabled the donation of the peaches, nectarines, and apples. The fruit was either off-spec, meaning it did not qualify to be sold in typical primary markets due to size/weight/blemishes, or surplus, meaning that the farmer did not have a buyer or market outlet for the fruit. Rather than the fruit going to waste, Feeding Illinois helped Rendleman Orchards recoup their costs and provide fresh local nutritious fruit to Illinois neighbors in need.
Original languageEnglish (US)
TypeFact Sheet
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameFarm to Food Bank


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