Jan Pruitt, the late CEO of the
North Texas Food Bank and former chairwoman
of the board of Feeding America,
had a vision - for food banks to
collaborate on sourcing produce.
Jan knew that one food bank alone could
not significantly change the system, but
that a collaboration of food banks
and farmers working together could.
2015 - 2017: Pilot Phase
The North Texas Food Bank and
partnered to assess the opportunity for
a sustainable business model
enabling Texas food banks to access
imperfect and surplus produce that
would have otherwise been wasted.
Lyda Hill Philanthropies generously funded
a feasibility study and pilot program
through Feeding Texas.
A successful two-year pilot highlighted
proof of the concept for a sustainable
2018: Collaborative for Fresh Produce is Formed
The Collaborative for Fresh Produce is a non-profit organization that fights hunger by fighting food waste. With start-up funding from
and Lyda Hill Philanthropies, this initiative transitioned from Feeding Texas into the Collaborative for Fresh Produce.
In its first year, the Collaborative: