Food waste is a huge issue. In the USA, 30-40% of all food is wasted. Organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions. Not only is this a huge waste that contributes to global warming, but it is also an insult to the 42.2 million Americans living in food insecure households.
In Vermont alone, nearly 80,000 people live in food insecure households. Of that number, more than 20,000 of which are under 18 years old.
It would be easy to solve both these issues if grocery stores donated their unsold food to local food shelves, but unfortunately it is cheaper for stores to simple trough the food away.
This is where I come in. Last year I hit a financial rough patch. I couldn't afford to buy much fresh fruits or vegetables and decided to try dumpster diving. At first it felt a little shameful to dig through trash cans for food, but that shame quickly melted into anger when I realized how much perfectly good food was being thrown away. This wasn't rotten food. It was the irregularly shaped pepper or potato. It was the apple with a bruise on it. It was the bananas that were starting to turn brown. Almost all the food being thrown out by grocery stores had 3-6 days more of shelf life. So I started collecting more and more food. I would clean them and walk around down town handing out bags of food to the people begging. But some how that isn't enough.
There is still plenty of food that can be rescued and brought to the food shelf. Please help me out. I need to buy bins to move the produce and special soap to clean the food. I have the drive and motivation to help, but I lack the funding to truly make a difference. If you feel this is a good cause please donate. Help me fight food waste and food insecurity in one go!