Food Insecurity in the News: #DonateNotDump, Urban Farms, Howard start-up targets food waste

Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.


Community Plates Tackles Food Waste & Hunger

“We’re saving in the range of 20,000 meals every week from ending up in the dumpster and instead onto the plates of somebody in need,” said Fairfield County Site Director Tom Hauser.

Community Plates has partnered with about 30 donors in the county, and delivers food to another 30 organizations that help feed the hungry. The organization has a network of about 300 volunteer food runners who pick up the food and get it where it needs to go. They make around 85 food runs per week.

Read the full story at Norwalk Daily Voice.


Donate Not Dump

After bicycling across America last summer rescuing food from supermarket dumpsters, activist Rob Greenfield is continuing his #DonateNotDump campaign. His goal is to inspire consumers to ask grocery stores to donate edible food to people who need it instead of throwing it away.
His new three-minute video shares highlights of the food he found and the news coverage he got throughout his journey.

Watch the video at Sustainable America.


Urban farm partnership fills need for healthy food, education and sense of community

If you drive up and down I-65 or I-70, there are thousands of acres like this,” he said. “We’re growing 35,000 pounds of food that is being given away each year. There’s a big need for this.”

Rosenblatt’s team of researchers identified more than 400 acres within the Indianapolis parks system that could support urban agriculture projects.

Produce grown at Urban Acres is distributed to community members through Gleaners Food Bank and the Old Bethel United Methodist Church community outreach.

“I don’t know how you best quantify it,” Gough said, “but it’s a complete coming together of a community.

Read the full article from Ball State University.


Howard start-up targets food waste


Photo: Howard County Times/Columbia Flier

Hungry Harvest’s mission is to find a market for these fruit and vegetable rejects – though the average consumer probably couldn’t even spot the difference, says CEO and co-founder Evan Lutz.

“If I didn’t tell you it was surplus food, you’d have no idea,” he said.

Lutz, a 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, started Hungry Harvest with fellow Maryland alum John Zamora last year. The company is headquartered at the Conscious Venture Lab, an incubator for socially conscious businesses sponsored by the Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

Read the full story at the Baltimore Sun,