The harvested fruit is donated to local organizations working to end hunger

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The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project gives fruit tree owners the opportunity to give back to their community.

Fighting Hunger with Fruit: The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project

Lizzi is a recent graduate of Kenyon College. She is passionate about making good, healthy food more accessible, and hopes to eventually pursue an advanced degree in nutrition.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), roughly one in six households in Louisiana struggles with hunger. In New Orleans, that number is even higher. A Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) survey found more than one in five families in New Orleans (21.7 percent) were facing food insecurity in 2014.

The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project (NOFTP) is one of the programs working to lower that number—and reducing food waste in the process. NOFTP operates using a system of tree owner registration. Fruit tree owners who wish to donate their surplus harvest register with NOFTP and notify them when their fruit is ready for harvest.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.