America's Second Harvest, Chicago, said last week it will merge with Foodchain, Kansas City, Mo., to serve better the 31 million Americans who face hunger. Through its network of 200 food banks, America's Second Harvest distributes 1 billion pounds of food a year, most of it in shelf-stable items. Foodchain, which distributes excess food from hotels, restaurants and caterers through 140 food-rescue programs, specializes in perishable foods. The national operations of the two organizations will be combined immediately and will be based in Chicago. Also last week, America's Second Harvest unveiled its Rapid Food Distribution System, developed through a strategic partnership with ConAgra, Omaha, Neb., which combines new software, computers and trucks to move
former secretaries noted U.S. agriculture is twice as dependent on exports as other sectors of the economy and that barriers mean the Chinese people cannot benefit from American agricultural goods and American farmers are unable to benefit from the Chinese marketplace.