Model & Strategy
The Collaborative for Fresh Produce (CFP) is a game-changing solution to put more fresh produce into food banks and onto the plates of their beneficiaries. CFP works directly with growers to source fresh produce that would otherwise be rejected by retailers and often goes
to waste. They obtain the produce at a low or zero cost, and manage the logistics of getting it to food banks, “breaking bulk” into shipments that are the right size and mix for each individual community. CFP believes that the solution for getting more fresh produce to hungry people is through the use of technology and supply chain expertise rather than through adding more warehouses. The CFP grew from a pilot program managed by Feeding Texas, the state association of food banks and an affiliate of the country’s largest hunger relief organization Feeding America. To drive continued growth and expand beyond Texas, CFP was established as a new independent entity on May 1st
Simon Powell is the Chief Operating Officer for the North Texas Food Bank. A successful supply chain and operations executive, Simon has developed execution and strategic planning expertise through his prior experience with Fortune 100 companies. In his role as COO, Simon manages all operations and information technology functions – and provides vision, leadership, and management to ensure that the Food Bank has in place the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems.
Prior to coming to the North Texas Food Bank, Simon was at Hewlett-Packard where he managed the end-to-end replacement parts supply chain for North and South America. Before H-P, Simon was Director of Logistics for Samsung Telecommunications America, where he oversaw transportation, materials management and warehousing for all telecommunications products within the United States. Simon was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He holds an MBA as well as a Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas. Simon is active in his church community and lives with his wife Angela and three children in Plano.
Since May 1, 2018 CFP has recovered and sent to food banks over 30 million pounds of produce. CFP has grown beyond serving just Texas food banks and now regularly delivers produce to food banks in Louisiana, Arkansas and Colorado.
By 2022, CFP’s goal s to ship more than 200M pounds of produce across more than 10 states.