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Seattle's COVID Cost-Cutting Nearly Caused Thousands of Pounds of Food to Rot

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Quite a haul. City Fruit

Seattle, we came so close to losing our entire fruit harvest for the year.

“We had to close our office earlier this year because of a funding crisis, and not knowing if we would have enough money to get through the 2021 harvest,” says Annie Nguyen, Executive Director of City Fruit. For years, the nonprofit has coordinated the harvesting of tens of thousands of pounds of fruit from urban trees, as well as distribution to food banks and other local organizations.

In normal times, City Fruit gets around $80,000 to $100,000 from the City of Seattle to help harvest fruit from trees city-owned property. It

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