Midwest Region Produce Cooperative
The Midwest region faces regional climate challenges in sourcing and distributing fresh produce year-round. Accessing available surplus produce outside of our region is often difficult for food banks in the Midwest due to the high cost of transportation and the difficulty of storing and handling highly perishable – but highly desired – produce.
The Midwest Region Produce Cooperative (MRPC) is a member-driven organization facilitated by and hosted onsite at Second Harvest Heartland.
This cooperative focuses on:
- Increasing the quality, quantity, and variety of produce
- Reducing the cost of bulk and cased produce
- Improving efficiency and planning for participating members
Through central planning, negotiating, and purchasing of pre-market bulk produce, member food banks have expanded access to a greater variety of nutritious and fresh fruits and vegetables that were previously difficult to source and distribute.
In addition to reducing distribution barriers, the cooperative serves to innovate, pilot, and incubate new opportunities and facilitate the sharing and replicating of best practices within the Midwest region.
Funding for the Midwest Region Produce Cooperative is provided by Feeding America.