The FRWG Food Waste Warriors Lobby to Save Good Food!

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On Monday, June 11, members of the District’s Food Recovery Working Group (FRWG) lobbied the DC Council to move the Save Good Food Amendment Act forward.  Seylou, a DC bakery and regular contributor of food to Food Rescue US in DC provided (delicious!) leftover baked goods for the effort.

The Save Good Food Act would provide tax incentives to DC residents and businesses who donate food to those in need.  Amy Kelley, Policy lead for FWRG notes, “This is a good bill for DC businesses and residents. Unfortunately, some 11 percent of DC residents don’t have enough food to eat.  This bill would provide a small credit to DC businesses who donate safe, healthy food.  It would also help clarify some of DC’s confusing food donation and labeling laws and keep good food out of the landfill.”

The bill was introduced to the Council in early 2017.  It was passed unanimously by the Council’s Committee on Health last summer.  Since then, it has been languishing in the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which is chaired by Councilmember Jack Evans.  The bill can’t go before the full council for a vote until it passes out of the Finance and Revenue Committee.  Kelley notes, “We have every indication that Councilmembers are in favor of this legislation.  This bill also has broad support from DC businesses, non-profits, and residents. We just need to get Councilmember Evans to bring this bill before the Committee for a vote.”

Want to become a Food Waste Warrior and take action on this issue?  Call Councilmember Evans’s office at  (202) 724-8058and tell him that you support the Save Good Food Amendment Act and want to see it move forward. Sign the petition urging Councilmember Evans to bring the Save Good Food Amendment Act to a vote.  Want to get involved in the effort to rescue good food in DC? Contact Kate Urbank of Food Rescue US in DC at kate@foodrescue.us.

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Help Reduce DC Food Waste while Feeding People in Need with Food Rescue US

A food runner transporting donated food from RavenHook Bakehouse and Whisked to the Developing Families Center.

The Problem: Food Waste

1/3 of all food ($161 billion) in the US is never eaten. That is a huge waste of labor, energy, water, and money. Yet, according to a 2017 USDA report 11.4% of DC households don’t have enough food to adequately feed their families.  Many organizations want to donate their extra food to families in need, but they don’t have the ability to transport the food to the nearest pantry.

The Solution:  DC’s First Food Runner Program “Food Rescue US”

 Food Rescue US, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner program that coordinates volunteers with an app to help transport food, that would normally be thrown away, from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to the nearest food pantry that serves food insecure families.

In less that two years Food Rescue US has coordinated 100s of DC residents to recover over 500,000 pounds of rescued food to DC local food pantries. This is just the beginning!

Food Rescue US is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand.

NEED MORE FOOD RUNNER VOLUNTEERS!

There seems to be an unlimited amount of food to recover in DC.  The only limit is the number of food runners.Becoming a food runner is super easy.  After an easy registration at www.foodrescue.us you can pick and chose from a variety of food donations at different times and days around the city, that works best with your schedule.  The Food Rescue US app will send you easy instructions for pickup and drop off of the rescued food to the nearest food pantry.  The whole process takes about 30 mins and every food donation makes a huge impact in many people’s lives.

Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at kate@foodrescue.us with any ideas or questions and sign up at www.foodrescue.us to become a food runner.

“It’s such an easy way to help those in need, it takes less than an hour of your day, and when you’re done, you know people will have a good meal to look forward too. It’s pretty amazing that after dropping off food at the homeless shelter a few times, the word gets around, they figure out what you’re doing and when they see you come in the door the next time, their faces brighten, many say thank you, or God bless you, and one less concern of theirs is gone because they know they will get something for dinner that day. It’s a simple way to make an impact on many lives and you bet I walk out with a smile and a good feeling.” – John O.

Have Food to Donate or Need Food Donations?

If you have extra food to donate or if you’re a non profit that feeds people in need and you can use more food donations please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at kate@foodrescue.us with any ideas or questions and sign up at www.foodrescue.us to give or receive food donations.

Kate Urbank and the Food Rescue US organization have been a wonderful help to our organization. Because of this organization’s efforts we are able to feed more people everyday. Food Rescue US is making a huge difference in the fight against food waste. It is an honor to be in partnership with them.” – Sherene Harris, InspireDC.org

Want to Meet Other Food Runners in DC?

FOOD RESCUE US VOLUNTEER-A-THON!

Thu, June 21 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot – 1626 14th St NW
Miss Pixie’s has gone mad for food rescuing! Come learn what it’s all about while enjoying a night of food, drink and prizes for this great cause.
On the evening of Thursday 6/21 – Receive 20% off 1 item when you download the Food Rescue US App!
Then to continue the fun – Receive another 20% off 1 item after completing 10 rescues!
Register Here

Testimonies from DC Food Runners

“As a hotel industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, I have seen more than my share of food waste. Volunteering for Food Rescue US allows me to literally be a vehicle for changing this equation. Knowing that the food I rescue is regularly consumed same day, immediately impacting those in need, is both humbling and the greatest reward”. – Mitchell“People go to bed without food every night, and not just in third world countries. It happens right here in our area and to be able to make good, nourishing food available to people who aren’t as fortunate as some of the rest of us makes you feel like you’re a small part of the solution and not part of the problem.” – Dennis

“I love that just the small gesture of delivering food to those in need really means so much to the recipients and I love that it gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling each and every time I do it. I always get a helping hand, a big thank you, smiles, hugs and real gratitude from the folks that give the food as well as the folks that receive. It’s amazing to be part of the link in this wonderful program.” – Pixie

“Food Rescue US has been a great partner for Sodexo as we work together on food recovery. They have presented a solution that is timely, flexible and effective and involves whole communities in the effort to reduce food waste and feed the hungry. One of the unexpected benefits from being able to donate our leftover prepared foods has been an increased team spirit for our employees who are now thinking about others (hungry people) on a daily basis and doing something to help. We have also seen less overproduction when all leftovers surface and are analyzed at the end of the day. This helps the bottom line!” Laura Monto, GM, Sodexo

“The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) Drop-In Center is a low-barrier day program that provides basic needs (food, clothes, hygiene, etc.) to homeless and unstably housed youth 24 and under, in addition to supporting them with housing, education, and employment services. Over the past few years the Drop-In Center has experienced a heavy influx in youth (35-45 per day) and funding is light, thus they rely heavily on partnerships with other entities to supplement services. Several months ago Food Rescue US entered the radar screen of Drop-In Center staff as a means to supplement the food expenses for the center. From day one, Kate Urbank was committed to the task of providing these youth with quality food that would otherwise be discarded. She immediately hit the pavement and set up runs from local restaurants, catering companies, and large-scale food providers. Even when some youth expressed concerns that food was slightly “too gourmet,” Kate swiftly switched gears and linked up with groups that provided more “youth friendly” foods. Kate and her volunteer runners are a welcome site at the Drop-In Center, not only because they bring offerings, but because they arrive with smiles and positive attitudes. LAYC is very fortunate to have established this partnership with Food Rescue, and look forward to building it for years to come.” John Van Zandt, Program Manager, The Latin American Youth Center:

www.foodrescue.us