Washington, DC, Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new analysis from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) identifies the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a potential player in bringing fresh produce to people who may lack access through existing services. Each year, an estimated 17 million tons of crops never make it off the farm, when millions of people in the U.S. live in food insecure households. Farmers Post, a WWF business case, proposes a model that can reduce this loss by utilizing the vast logistical network of the USPS to deliver food surplus direct from farm to consumers, with the help of a third-party interface.
“Access to fresh fruits and vegetables should not be considered a luxury, but across the U.S., food deserts and higher-cost delivery services routinely put these essential foods out of reach,” said Julia Kurnik, director of innovation startups, World Wildlife Fund’s Markets Institute. “Pairing this reality with the extensive loss of viable food on our nation’s farms, Farmers Post offers a win-win solution to combat on-farm food loss, while making produce delivery more affordable and accessible.”