Wasted food and hungry people are two problems in the United States that intersect.
Over 40% of the food grown in the US never makes it to the plate to be eaten – some is lost at every step of the food chain, from field to your home kitchen.
The volunteers of Easton Food Recovery Team, in Easton, Pennsylvania, a small city in the Lehigh Valley, have been recovering food for 5 years. Last year they captured and re-distributed over 11,400 lbs. of edible food to emergency food centers in the Easton area on a budget of less than $500.
There is estimated to be over 700,000 lbs. of perfectly edible food going to waste in the Lehigh Valley. Significant funding can grow this effort so that more food can be recovered, not wasted, but shared. Funds are needed to purchase supplies and pay for a part time coordinator for the region.Who Will Benefit:
Individuals and families who need emergency food (in Easton area estimated 5,000 people; Lehigh Valley wide, estimated 60,000)
Local farmers who need help gleaning produce grown that was not sold but is perfectly edible and who need sustainable soil to continue to feed people
Retail groceries, corner stores, food vendors and restaurants who have food that is edible but will go to waste if not re-directed.
People who need jobs in entry level positions that can grow a food recovery/ food realted business
Municipalities that are receiving food waste in trash pickup that should not go to landfill but has no other option
Our planet, so that edible food will be used by people and inedible food waste will be diverted to animal feed and compost, returning organic material to the soilWhat the Funds Will Be Used For:
Scales for weighing product, containers, food safe packaging and gloves, arctic ice, coolers, refrigerator space, carts, transportation, a data management system and a paid coordinator.
In order to continue to recovery food in the Easton area and grow the program throughout the Lehigh Valley area we need to purchase safe and re-usable supplies, provide food-safe conditions for all pick-ups, provide for data management, create permanent jobs in our communities for food recovery and inform the public about food waste reduction and food recovery management
Please consider supporting the community and donating to this worthy project that can create lasting change!