Episode 20: Feeding the Nation with Shara Merten, CEO of Yuma Food Bank - The Produce Moms

The Produce Moms Podcast Episode 20

Feeding the Nation with Shara Merten, CEO of Yuma Food Bank

“The solution to our food insecurity lies within the networking and donors. ”

This week on The Produce Moms Podcast, Lori spends time talking to the CEO of the Yuma Community Food Bank. This community food bank is the largest food effort in all of Yuma and La Paz County, Arizona. To give perspective, Yuma itself has 205,000 inhabitants, and there are 200,000 individuals that benefit from the food bank! It truly is a vital part of the community.

“We are the end of the supply chain for all of the fresh-grown produce. That way it doesn’t go into the landfill. We find places for it.”

While the primary focus of the food bank is the community of Yuma, the produce that thrives there in the winter is the only source of US-based produce! Not only are they feeding the food-insecure in Yuma, but they are feeding America during the winter months. The most challenging time of year for the community is the summer when less produce is readily available, and children are out of school. During these months, the Yuma Food Bank partners with the Feeding America Network, to make sure the individuals in their community still have access to fresh produce.

“Volunteers are really the foundation of the work staff that we have. Getting people to volunteer their time is a treasure… Having community time with your family at the food bank has a double side. It teaches our youth that there is more to the world than what revolves around them.”

The Yuma Food Bank is such an amazing example of a network of people who have joined together to help make the community and the world a better place.

Check out yumafoodbank.org to learn more! You’ll also want to head over to feedingamerica.org, a partner in Yuma’s efforts, and one of the nation’s leading resources for providing hunger relief.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction // Shara Merten – 1:30
  • Where is the Yuma Food Bank – 3:40
  • The Impact of the Yuma Food Bank – 6:08
  • Yuma’s Distribution – 10:41
  • About the Feeding America Network – 13:12
  • How to Get Involved – 17:06
  • Looking at the Legacy of Yuma and Moving Forward – 20:30
  • Wrap-up – 25:36

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Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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