In the US alone,
of food gets tossed every year.
This can serve
meals every year.
At the same time,
1 in 7
people in the US was food insecure.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine approaches the two large issues of hunger and food waste in three main ways.
- First, they identify the homeless shelters of a needy community and proactively find restaurants, hotels, and catering companies with excess food in that vicinity that could help support these disadvantaged communities.
- Second, they leverage technology to facilitate the identification and handling of excess food. Partner food providers report when excess food is occurring and a web application is used to engage community members.
- Third, to tackle food waste at its root, they utilise the data of when food waste occurs to analyse what types of food waste could be avoided, and suggest ways that partner food providers can reduce waste.
RECRUIT A RESTAURANT
Food businesses can donate their excess without fear of legal retribution. At the end of the night when they are closing, they can spend the same amount of time they currently use to pack food for donation rather than disposal.
RESCUE A MEAL
Recruit volunteers to rescue meals that would otherwise go to waste from restaurants and other food businesses and deliver it to the hungry at homeless shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens.
REDUCE CARBON EMISSION BY ELIMINATING FOOD WASTE
Each pound of food rescued translates to 0.375 lbs of carbon emission saved because that food did not go to a landfill where it would have emitted methane gases as it decomposed.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
On 25 September 2015, world leaders convened to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They represent the global community’s next step in ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change for the next 15 years. The projects from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine contribute to 3 of these goals. Click on the goals to find out more.
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