Partnership expands with focus on feeding Kentuckians in need
APRIL 29, 2021 — MOREHEAD, KY — AgTech leader AppHarvest today delivered more than 500 pounds of its sustainably grown tomatoes to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which will distribute them to Kentuckians in need. The donation, which was attended by guests including Congressman Andy Barr and Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, builds on a partnership established in January upon the first harvest of tomatoes at AppHarvest’s indoor farm in Morehead, Ky.
Through its 400-plus distribution partners, God’s Pantry Food Bank provides food to residents of 50 Kentucky counties, focused on Eastern and Central Kentucky. The organization, which operates a distribution center in Morehead, distributed nearly 14 million pounds of fresh fruits and veggies and more than 41 million pounds of food overall during its most recent fiscal year.
“As a public benefit corporation and certified B Corp, we believe in good and are inspired daily by the faith and grit of those who’ve chosen to share their talents with us and join our mission,” said AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb in delivering the donated tomatoes on Thursday. “We’re working to create America’s AgTech capital here in Appalachia to provide affordable, nutritious and delicious fruits and veggies that will help reduce hunger and food deserts.”
“God’s Pantry Food Bank is thrilled to work more closely with AppHarvest, as we nourish lives through sustainable agriculture,” said CEO Michael Halligan. “There are more than 250,000 kids, adults and seniors across Central and Eastern Kentucky who are not sure when they might have their next meal.”
This latest donation builds on the Appalachia Rises flood relief partnership, led by AppHarvest and a suite of collaborators, that included volunteers from AppHarvest and God’s Pantry Food Bank distributing healthy food to those displaced.
These donations are one of many steps AppHarvest is taking to address America’s food crisis. In Kentucky alone, 20 percent of children and nearly 15 percent of adults experience food insecurity. Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found only one in 10 adults eat enough fruits and veggies.
By building closer to consumers, AppHarvest provides fresher fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. The company is also focused on helping students grow their own food through its high-tech educational container farm program. Started in 2018 prior to the company’s operations commencing at its indoor farm in Morehead, the program retrofits shipping containers with high-tech farming equipment to teach students to grow healthy leafy greens. The program started at Shelby Valley High School in Pike County and has since expanded to Breathitt, Madison and Rowan counties, with additional units planned. AppHarvest also recently partnered with Save the Children to provide more than 1,600 leafy green growing kits to Kentucky kids in need.’
AppHarvest is an applied technology company building some of the world’s largest high-tech indoor farms in Appalachia that grow non-GMO, chemical pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture and only recycled rainwater while producing yields up to 30 times that of traditional agriculture on the same amount of land with zero agricultural runoff. The company combines conventional agricultural techniques with cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence and robotics to improve access for all to nutritious food, farming more sustainably, building a domestic food supply, and increasing investment in Appalachia. The company’s 60-acre Morehead, Ky. facility is among the largest indoor farms in the U.S. For more information, visit https://www.appharvest.com.
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