Ending Food Waste Can Feed the Hungry


As we approach the holiday season, one of the greatest puzzles in the developed world is how there can still be hungry people when we have such an abundance.

On our BillionsRisingTV episode about Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Bureau Director Sam Dolcini spelled it out clearly: there is too much food waste in our wealthy countries.

The good news is that there is a growing movement to collect and distribute surplus food.

Carolyn North began her Daily Bread program 30 years ago when she rescued a neighbor’s thrown-out Thanksgiving leftovers and turned them into a meal for someone in need. Since then, her program has grown and is a model for other communities.

DAILY BREAD is a grassroots operation that picks up surplus food from food businesses and brings the food directly to local free-food kitchens, pantries and shelters.Last year, its 90 local volunteers delivered 32 tons of food with little overhead and virtually no budget. For volunteers, it’s a straightforward weekly routine that takes less than an hour to complete. For food donors, it’s a constructive, cost-effective way to dispose of excess food. For food shelters and their patrons, it’s dinner.

To find food distribution networks in your area, go online and search “Surplus Food”
You may also contact a local church, synagogue, or homeless shelter to find out places to donate or volunteer.


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