Presenter Information

Karen Hanner

Event Website

http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/news-events-conferences/last-food-mile-conference

Start Date

9-12-2014 9:25 AM

End Date

9-12-2014 9:55 AM

Description

It is staggering that nearly 40% of food produced in the US ultimately goes to waste while over 49 million Americans may go to bed hungry.

Feeding America has partnered with all segments of the food industry for over 35 years to help capture more than 2.5 billion pounds annually of safe unsold food for 46 million hungry clients across the country. And now the nation’s largest hunger relief and waste diversion organization is working more aggressively with retailers, food service providers, manufacturers and the agriculture community to create new programs and processes to help ensure more food feeds communities and does not go to waste.

Feeding America’s Store Donation Program nationally coordinates with over 16,000 Retail Grocery locations to rescue over 1.2 billion pounds of product, dairy, protein and bakery; newest focus is on empowering, training, and supporting agencies to expand capacity and reach as well as building infrastructure and partnering with donors in more cost effective models.

Online Marketplace (OM) is Feeding America's newest food rescue initiative for the Food Service sector, created to capture a portion of the 22 billion pounds of wasted food currently being generated locally via cafeterias, convenience stores, restaurants, hotels. The OM program provides access to food that has been economically challenging to recover for food banks using traditional food rescue models.

Partnerships with Food Manufacturing companies enable over 800 million pounds of food to feed people and not animals or go to landfill. New work by Feeding America with USDA/FSIS has revised guidelines to enable more food to be donated that had previously been destroyed. Pilots are also now in place with food banks for on-site USDA inspection opening even more opportunities for donating protein items.

New multi-partner programs led by Feeding America and food banks, have engaged growers, processors and distributors in the Agriculture segment to rescue produce from the field that would have otherwise been plowed under or left to rot, and convert it into a usable, shelf-stable format for food bank clients.

These are just a few examples of Feeding America’s leadership and continued commitment to ending hunger while at the same time helping ensure that as much food as possible is used for its highest value: feeding people.

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Recovering Food, Fighting Hunger: Feeding America’s National Program

It is staggering that nearly 40% of food produced in the US ultimately goes to waste while over 49 million Americans may go to bed hungry.

Feeding America has partnered with all segments of the food industry for over 35 years to help capture more than 2.5 billion pounds annually of safe unsold food for 46 million hungry clients across the country. And now the nation’s largest hunger relief and waste diversion organization is working more aggressively with retailers, food service providers, manufacturers and the agriculture community to create new programs and processes to help ensure more food feeds communities and does not go to waste.

Feeding America’s Store Donation Program nationally coordinates with over 16,000 Retail Grocery locations to rescue over 1.2 billion pounds of product, dairy, protein and bakery; newest focus is on empowering, training, and supporting agencies to expand capacity and reach as well as building infrastructure and partnering with donors in more cost effective models.

Online Marketplace (OM) is Feeding America's newest food rescue initiative for the Food Service sector, created to capture a portion of the 22 billion pounds of wasted food currently being generated locally via cafeterias, convenience stores, restaurants, hotels. The OM program provides access to food that has been economically challenging to recover for food banks using traditional food rescue models.

Partnerships with Food Manufacturing companies enable over 800 million pounds of food to feed people and not animals or go to landfill. New work by Feeding America with USDA/FSIS has revised guidelines to enable more food to be donated that had previously been destroyed. Pilots are also now in place with food banks for on-site USDA inspection opening even more opportunities for donating protein items.

New multi-partner programs led by Feeding America and food banks, have engaged growers, processors and distributors in the Agriculture segment to rescue produce from the field that would have otherwise been plowed under or left to rot, and convert it into a usable, shelf-stable format for food bank clients.

These are just a few examples of Feeding America’s leadership and continued commitment to ending hunger while at the same time helping ensure that as much food as possible is used for its highest value: feeding people.

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