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    Donation Transportation

    Diversion Potential:
    110K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:

    GHGs Reduced:
    407K Tons

    Meals Recovered:
    183M Meals


    Providing small-scale transportation infrastructure for local recovery as well as long-haul transport capabilities


    • The cost of short-distance, small-load transportation is expensive per pound compared to long-haul transportation of larger loads.
    • Perishables need to be distributed quickly and efficiently to maintain freshness.
    • Transportation costs are typically covered by food recovery organizations, which often operate with small budgets.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Retailers and foodservice distributors can partner with recovery organizations to share their excess transportation capacity.
    • Foundations and government can provide grants or low-cost loans for transportation financing, especially for physical assets such as trucks and the cost of trucking services.
    • Rural recovery groups can build connections with other rural support services, including health care and education services, to help cost-effectively distribute food through existing channels.
    • Recovery organizations can improve coordination with other nonprofits to find a home for donated food that they cannot use due to capacity or budgetary constraints. By coordinating, nonprofits can also achieve economies of scale to ensure that trucks are fully loaded with food and do not have spare capacity.

    Examples & Resources

    • The Borderlands Food Bank annually recovers 35 to 40 million pounds of rejected but safe-to-eat produce from the border town of Nogales, Ariz., which could be replicated at produce terminals nationally. Borderlands redistributes this food throughout the U.S., with hunger-relief organizations paying two pennies per pound for long-haul transportation. This can equate to less than $1,000 per truckload for $70,000 worth of product.

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