Via Dade County’s Farm to Inmate Pilot Program, South Florida growers have supplied and distributed some 389,000 pounds of locally grown squash, green beans, cucumbers and lettuce to 35 correctional facilities across the state, saving Florida taxpayers $23,733. The program attracted the attention of The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), and was a winner of its County Activities of Excellence Awards.
According to Ag Daily, the pilot program was a response to Florida’s emergency order to shutter businesses which routinely needed fresh produce. During that time, millions of tomatoes went unpicked or were unused or plowed back into the Florida soil. Meanwhile the state prisons needed fresh food.
Thecapitolist.com quoted Ag Daily as saying: “The new inmate program will serve as a future model as more producers work together in efforts to maximize capabilities and drive-down pricing for locally-grown foods.”
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