2014 has been a huge year for the movement to end wasted food in the Bay Area and across the nation. Awareness and action are building to keep edible food out of the waste stream. We want to thank you for your participation and support of this movement. We are truly on our way to making this vision a reality.
Check out our top accomplishments below:
1) No kid should be hungry. Our “Food for Kids” program collected over 14,000 pounds of surplus food from 13 Oakland school cafeterias and redistributed it to students, their families, and community organizations. Sign up for our newsletter list to get our school food recovery implementation guide in early 2015.
2) Feeding thousands with otherwise wasted food. With some amazing partners, Food Shift co-hosted the United States’ first Feeding the 5000 in Oakland. The event fed thousands by distributing 11,000 lbs of food that would have been wasted through a delicious meal and a grocery give-away.
3) Saving food from conferences and events. People at Bay Area conferences eat well, and often the uneaten, high quality food from these events goes to waste. Food Shift partnered with BALLE, Airbnb, Bioneers, and Centro Community Partners to collect and redistribute food from their events. Learn more about our food recovery services here.
4) Building a national network and movement. Food Shift co-hosted the Zero Food Waste Forum, which brought together 300 individuals from across the country to discuss solutions to wasted food. Together government agencies, business leaders, industry experts and organizations discussed solutions, strengthened relationships, and committed to tangible goals.
5) Wasting food wastes water. Food Shift conducted a public awareness campaign throughout Bay Area trains and stations for a second year in a row. The drought inspired us to focus our campaign on the connection between wasted food and wasted water. BART estimated over 4 million people saw the ads and through our survey of 100 people over 60% of people said they would waste less food as a result of seeing the ads!
6) Honors & awards. Food Shift’s Director, Dana Frasz, was selected by Good 100 as one of the top global citizens of 2014. She was given this honor for her work in reducing food waste. Learn more about this award here. Food Shift was also chosen as the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund’s environmental grant recipient for 2014.
7) 6,000 hours and counting. In 2014, Food Shift volunteers contributed over 6,000 hours of their time and talent to the work to end food waste! From web design to administrative tasks to research, we give a huge, heartfelt thank you to our passionate, hard-working, and skilled volunteers. Check out our newest volunteer openings here.
8) Making eliminating food waste a normal part of doing business. We are about to kick off work with a local grocery chain to implement a food recovery service and waste tracking system for their stores. Stay tuned for the launch announcement in January 2015.
This year has shown that the Bay Area and the nation is ready to take historic strides towards reducing food waste and creating a more ethical food redistribution system. We hope you will join us to make 2015 an even more impactful year.
We can use your help in the year ahead! If you would like to contribute financially to the success of our work, please consider making a donation today.
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