As part of the holistic vision for a healthy and sustainable future, it is Food Shift’s mission to ensure that nutritious food does not go to waste and to involve our community as part of the solution.
Food Shift develops practical solutions to reduce food waste, nourish communities, and provide jobs. Our model focuses on rescuing surplus food that would otherwise waste away in landfills and utilize it to fuel both our food redistribution effort, Operation Together, and our social enterprise kitchen. We work towards food and financial security in our community through our redistribution program and job training program, which is designed for our neighbors overcoming employment discrimination based on factors such as housing situation, physical or mental abilities, history of addiction, and incarceration. Apprentices earn a livable wage while learning how to work in a professional kitchen, allowing for growing room before stepping into the next role of their careers.
Creating and implementing solutions for the people, by the people, and with the people is the focus of Food Shift’s holistic vision for healthy individuals and sustainable communities. Food alone cannot solve hunger, and Food Shift identifies opportunities in the food system to address the intersecting issues of climate change, job and economic security, and community health.
- Recovered over 70,000 lbs of food
- Signed Google as a regular weekly catering client
- Scaled up our catering capacity to take on two full-day, 150 attendee conference, serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner
-Began hiring graduates as Food Shift Kitchen Assistants for kitchen production and mentoring new students
- Generated approximately $100,000 from The Food Shift Kitchen catering enterprise, representing one third of our overall revenue from project income
- Recovered more than 120,000 lbs - that’s 60 tons! - of food
- Welcomed new leadership - Yuka Nagashima hired as Executive Director
- Launched Operation Together in response to COVID-19, with the goal to raise $100,000 to fund food recovery operations (~3000 lbs per week), supplying produce for more than ten partner organizations working on the front lines
- Began JEDI consulting efforts, helping other organizations establish practices that arise from values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI)
- Expected launch of Food Shift SB 1383 Compliance Consulting services for organizations in need of food waste reduction guidance
- Began production, marketing, and sales of our social enterprise product PAWsitive Bones, dog treats made from recovered upcycled food
Our work would not be possible without the support of our partner organizations and financial sponsors.