Our food bank does more than just feed people!
It's amazing to think that we are serving thousands of individuals each year through our food programs. In fact, we gave away 285,000 pounds of food! (HOLY WOW BATMAN!) It's amazing to know that we have the resources to distribute that much back into the community.
However, have you ever asked what happens to the food we aren't able to give out?
Families Unlimited Network had an 8000 lb/yr food waste issue. Fortunately FUN, in partnership with the Mount Cross Lutheran Church community garden, is doing something productive with that waste. It is being composted.
Here are some benefits:
No food from the foodbank ends up in our local landfill.
The equivalent of four tons of CO2 is sequestered each year through the careful processing of that food waste.
New soil is used to produce more food for the food bank and to sustain a new pollinator garden.
Food waste and Carbon Emissions are global issues but FUN is doing its part to attend to the environment in addition to attending to its primary mission of honoring and strengthening families.
Up to 40% of all food produced in the US intended for consumption is not eaten. Food that gets thrown out ends up in landfills where it gradually rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Globally, if food waste could be represented as its own country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the US.” ~climatecentral.org