Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

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That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its food rescue program, the group collects unsold fresh food, like fruit and vegetables, and prepared foods and dairy products nearing their sell-by dates – items that otherwise would have wound up in a landfill – from a range of donors including grocery stores, farmers markets, universities and bakeries.

Food For Free then takes that food and distributes it to charities that serve the hungry, groups that sometimes are lacking in fresh food options. Some of the program’s biggest donors include area Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Costco stores, as well as the dining halls at Harvard and MIT.

The program, as reported by the Boston Globe, works in concert with new food waste regulations signed into law in Massachusetts last year, which forbid any institution or organization that dumps more than a ton of food waste per month from sending it to a landfill.

Source: Huffington Post

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