#FoundFood630

In the fall of 2018 we piloted a small food rescue initiative. In four months we’ve been able to rescue nearly 6,000 lbs. of produce.

It started when we were visiting a partner pantry and witnessed the process they must follow to insure that the food they’re offering their clients is the safest and freshest it can be. This pantry offers their clients fresh produce throughout the year which is unique and not something many of the smaller pantries are able to do.

Produce moves through the system in such high volume, coming from various sources - grocery stores, food banks, local residents. There are times when the demand is unable to keep up with the supply and food is wasted and trashed and sent to dumpsters and in turn to landfills.

FOOD WASTE FACTS: A troubling fact from a UFL study - Today in the US, over 60 billion pounds of vegetable scraps go to the landfill. Currently, 5% is made into compost. This means 95% is creating methane gas as it breaks down in the landfill.

Three Chances to Redirect our Rescued Food

A 400 lb. rescue - Jan. 2019

A 400 lb. rescue - Jan. 2019

Redirecting to neighbors

Our priority is to quickly work to redirect rescued food to neighbors who can still benefit from it before it spoils.

Our chickens have benefited from recent rescues and get leftovers we can’t share with neighbors

Our chickens have benefited from recent rescues and get leftovers we can’t share with neighbors

Feed Livestock

We have been sharing any rescued food that is showing signs of spoiling or compromised in any way with our hens in recent months - they’ve never been healthier!

Our composting system has nearly tripled since we’ve been rescuing food.

Our composting system has nearly tripled since we’ve been rescuing food.

Composting

Our third chance to redirect our rescued food from the landfills to a beneficial use-create organic matter/compost all foods severely compromised and redirect to our growing spaces-benefiting our soil and in turn our crops!