Source: Local Futures
Food recovery programs aim to tackle today’s outrageous levels of institutional food waste by collecting and diverting good food from being dumped, and safely redistributing it to those in need.
- Understand the basics of starting a food recovery program with Sustainable Connections’ overview Set Up Your Own Food Recovery Program.
- Find a store that sells overstock food rescued from grocery stores with the map at SalvageFood.org (US).
- Start a food recovery initiative at your university with the Food Recovery Network’s New Chapter Application and page of Student Resources (US). Find and join an existing chapter here.
- Start an initiative to collect unsold food from farms and preserve it with guidance and inspiration from the Green House’s article How to Start a Food Recovery Program 101.
- The US-based Food Recovery Network started with a student who wanted to do something about cafeteria waste at his school – and is now a national nonprofit with chapters on 172 campuses in 46 states. It has recovered nearly 5 million pounds of food.
- Transfernation in New York City brings excess, untouched food from corporate cafeterias and events to soup kitchens, churches and homeless shelters.
- The waste in the food system even provides opportunities for small businesses. Deals & Steals in the city of Northampton, US, sells food and clothes from nearby stores that would otherwise be dumped due to a lack of shelf space, thereby offering high-quality food at affordable prices.