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Fall 2020

Northwest Farm Credit: Rural, Real Estate, Operating Loans; Farm Loans; Country Home Loans; Lot Loans; Equipment Financing; Young and Beginning Producers; Crop Insurance; Business Management Education; Property Appraisals

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fall 2020 8 to shop and place orders online. Orders are tracked and routed to member farms with a picklist of products they deliver to the warehouse. In response to the pan- demic, the LINC Foods team saw a unique opportunity. The co-op opened their online marketplace to consumers in May. By offering wholesale products in both bulk and individual sizes, the marketplace offers a safe, online grocery-buying option with several pickup locations throughout the area. The online tools also made LINC Foods a perfect partner for USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program. USDA helps farmers feed hungry families As part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, USDA announced the Farmers to Families Food Box program in April. Through the program, USDA is part- nering with national, regional and local distributors to purchase up to $4 billion of agricultural products. Distributors package family-sized boxes with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, and distribute them to local food banks and community organizations to feed hungry families. LINC Foods and the Inland Northwest Farmers Market Association were awarded one of the first USDA contracts for food boxes. Contracts are awarded in phases, each lasting six to eight weeks. "LINC Foods has been our primary food supplier, says Lisette with INWFMA. "They had the inventory system in place and worked through the kinks with LINC Foods box, so they shared their insights with us. They also agreed to take on some of our market farmers who hadn't sold through them before." "We have been so grateful for the support we've received this year from people who have chosen to buy from our local farmers," says Michelle Youngblom, Marketing Director at LINC Foods. "Our farm-to-table subscription grew from 200 members to 350 members this year and the USDA food box program has been an extremely helpful addition. In May and June, we distributed 300 Farmers to Families boxes each week. These past few weeks, with the influx of fall produce, we've increased that quantity to 800 boxes per week to continue supporting our farmers through the busiest time of the year." "We have been so grateful for the support we've received this year from people who have chosen to buy from our local farmers," says Michelle Youngblom, Marketing Director at LINC Foods.

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