513: April Bradham about Moving Produce through Food Banks.
Getting fruit and vegetables into and through a network of community support services.
In This Podcast:
We know our food system is broken, however, the food bank system is surprisingly effective! April Bradham from the Arizona Food Bank Network explains how the local, state and national food banks distribute huge amounts of fresh produce and food within days. Listen in to learn where the surplus food and food waste comes from, how they work to spread healthy food to people in need, and the new Arizona initiative that is helping both small and mid-size farms as well as the food banks.
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Our Guest:April is Vice President for Programs, of the Arizona Food Bank Network and oversees the Member Services and Innovation programs. April holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Sage Colleges in New York, and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University. She has worked in operations and supply chain for over 17 years in a variety of industries. April and her team offer food banks – logistics and transportation support, plus they coordinate the “Southwest Produce Cooperative,” which was started to help with the sharing of produce between food banks in AZ, NM and TX.
Listen in and learn about:
- How the food bank system works on a national, state, and local level
- Connecting healthy surplus food and food waste to people who need it
- Food waste from unsold produce coming through Nogales and Yuma, AZ
- All the food channels feeding food banks
- The audience that food banks serve and the healthy food impact
- Southwest Produce Cooperative and how collaboration began
- Arizona state government’s new support of small to mid-size farms and how that helps the food banks
As well as:
Her failure – Figuring out how to grow food in the Arizona environment.
Her success – Finding a career that she is passionate about and still supports her family.
Her drive – Serving her community and problem solving.
Her advice – Fill your time with things that you love and are passionate about!
April’s Book recommendations*:
“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
How to reach April:
Facebook: Association of Arizona Food Banks