March 14, 2014
VERONA, Va. -- Produce prices are higher at the grocery store, but food banks throughout the country are facing a different problem.
Food banks received more produce to make up for the short-fall in dry and canned good donations. While this is good news, it also brings problems.
Produce requires refrigerated space and delivery trucks, which are in short supply.
Larry Zippin, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank said there are demand issues as well.
"What do we do if we were able to distribute through partner agencies any number of produce items, they aren't really readily sought after by folks," said Zippin.
He adds that getting people fresh produce will require capital improvements and changing taste preferences.
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