Food Insecurity in the News: Shareable Community Gardens, Ugly Fruit, Food Rescue in Philly

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

Food is Free in a City Near You via Civil Eats.

RedCurrantHarvest-e1440721115530-300x252The Pick Me! initiative was inspired in part by the Food is Free Project in Austin, Texas, a nonprofit that creates wicking bed gardens with reclaimed materials, such as wooden pallets and political signs. The organization hosts weekly build events to line entire streets with low-maintenance beds. The gatherings double as free workshops where residents learn to set up their own gardens and use eco-friendly growing techniques.

Community Plates Receives Grant from Fairfield’s Community Foundation via Community Plates.

Community Plates, the Connecticut-based food rescue organization, has some great news. Fairfield County Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Community Plates to support the expansion of the organization’s local food rescue efforts.

In produce, ugliness is only skin deep via LA Times.

la-oe-0908-figuereido-ugly-fruit-006Approximately 26% of all fruits and vegetables are thrown away before they even reach grocery stores in the United States, leading to billions of pounds of waste each year. Perfectly edible, wonderfully nutritious apples, peaches, carrots and onions rot in our landfills — in a country where 1 in 6 people are considered food insecure and where more than 80% of us are not eating enough produce. Fully 25% of fresh water goes to food we don’t eat.

Feeding People, Creating Jobs with Would-be Waste in Philadelphia via Civil Eats.

A Philadelphia grocery store chain tries to keep food waste out of landfills, feed the hungry, and make a little money.

Imagine making thousands of dollars a month for something you’re going to throw away. Oh yeah—and you’d be helping feed hungry people.

Sound good? According to a pilot project in West Philadelphia, it’s entirely possible for grocery stores. And the folks involved are hoping that when the pope visits the City of Brotherly Love next month, they can show the world a new way to deal with the global problem of food waste.