High prices aren't just effecting food prices for humans, but for farmers trying to feed their livestock too. Donna Rosenblatt the owner of Rose N Petal Farm in Colchester noted the price of chicken feed has gone up 60% this year. Farmers are dealing with higher prices on feed due to supply chain shortages brought on by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
So Donna had an idea that would not only help her fellow farmer, but consumers too by keeping expired food out of the waste stream. Now while expired food isn't good for human consumption it's OK for animals to consume it. If you would like to donate here are the items that are accepted: canned and jarred fruits and vegetables, all types of beans, soups, fresh fruit (bruised or overripe), dried beans, raw oatmeal, quinoa, barley, lentils, couscous, microwaveable popcorn kernels, crackers, cookies, pastas of all kinds, breakfast cereals, flour of all types and cornmeal. If the box is opened that's OK as long as there is no mold.
The food bank is located at Rose’n’Petal Farm at 348 Westchester Road in Colchester. There is a marked table by the barn for the donations.