How often do we react to a problem by thinking “What can I do about it?” Take the problem of food insecurity. The Feeding America hunger-relief organization estimates that 1 in 7 people in the U.S. are food insecure. That’s 48 million Americans who struggle daily to get enough to eat. And the problem exists in every community. Helping the Needy lists 12,250 emergency food programs currently operating in the U.S. While many go hungry, global food waste is estimated at 1.3 billion tons annually. In America, more than 25 percent of the food prepared annually ends up as methane-producing waste. That’s about 96 billion pounds of food, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
But here’s the good news: if you order food regularly, there’s something simple you can do to help.
Businesspeople have a straightforward way to help address hunger by participating in food-recovery and donation programs. All that’s needed is a bit of planning. In fact, there are lots of people who have thought about this and have made it easy to help.
“It’s important for us to know about potential donations in advance. There’s disappointment on both sides if an unexpected offer is made and we already have a meal prepared.”
But still, planning is key for all parties involved. “It’s important for us to know about potential donations in advance,” says Alex Grant, Director of Community Development at Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge, MA. “There’s disappointment on both sides if an unexpected offer is made and we already have a meal prepared.”
You could look at this as one way for your company to improve sustainability while helping those in need. It doesn’t cost anything to implement, and you can take pride that leftover food from your meetings, training sessions, and conferences gets donated to local food banks.
It takes three simple steps:
It sounds easy because, in a lot of ways, it is. Want to learn more about setting up a food donation program at your office? Download our complete guide to eliminating leftover food waste below.
Learn how to find willing recipients, understand the tax benefits, and determine how to make the process of donating leftover food easy.