Food insecurity, the lack of access to enough food for everyone in a household, affects 1 in 6 Americans. That means that someone you know is probably facing hunger on a fairly regular basis.
What’s more, according to The Food Recovery Network Director of Member Support, Sara Gassman, “40% of food produced in the U.S is tossed out.” 40%. While 1 in 6 are going hungry.
So what’s to be done? Gassman explained how her group works. “We’ve streamlined the process. It’s about students gathering, talking to partners, talking to the dining office, and then working with everyone to figure out how to coordinate a program. If you’re doing recoveries every night, you need a strong volunteer base.” That’s where you come in.
In today’s show, we told you about the Stony Brook University Food Pantry, which provides free food to members of their community who need it. And while we’re not affiliated with the Channel 1 Regional Food Bank, we do know about them because of the Google alert we’ve set up. And since we’re based in New York City, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention City Harvest, a group that recovers and distributes food from restaurants around the city.
Lastly, Gassman shared a group similar to hers but that was focused on high school cafeterias, The Campus Kitchen.
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