March 26, 2020
US farmers begin to offer food delivery because of COVID-19
Farmers based in rural US have expanded to food delivery as grocery store shelves have been laid bare and consumers isolating themselves due to COVID-19, reported Reuters.
Demand for home deliveries is on the rise for areas where Amazon's AmazonFresh and Instacart are not available.
Dan Miller, Steward chief executive said home deliveries have become a big opportunity for farmers. Steward is a capital provider for sustainable farms, which also assists farmers with creating e-commerce platforms.
With local restaurants shutting down, farmers have focused on direct-to-consumer sales.
Major US meat production companies such as Tyson Foods have boosted production and diverted supplies meant for foodservice towards retail.
Colorado State University and the University of Missouri researchers expect the COVID-19 pandemic to affect local and regional food systems, causing US$688.7 million loss in sales from March to May 2020.
Local US food sales hit US$11.8 billion in 2017 according to the Congressional Research Service, which includes farm sales to retail.