The coronavirus has massively disrupted the food supply chain. Many famers who sold produce to restaurants have now found themselves without a market for their crops, as the food-service industry has largely shuttered. As such, fresh produce is being destroyed or left to rot in the fields, even as food banks face surging demand.
Before the crisis, over half of Americans’ food dollars was spent outside the home, at restaurants and other food service locations. But with that industry largely shut