The goal of the Food Rescue Program is to reduce food waste in schools, reduce the schools’ carbon footprints, and support food relief in the community by supplying local food pantries and feeding the food insecure. Studies have shown that over 1 billion food items are wasted each year in U.S. schools. Food in landfills decomposes and creates methane gas, which is 21x more potent than CO2. Approximately 40 pounds of greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere each day, just from the food waste at one school alone.
The Food Rescue Program educates children as to how they can help keep the good, healthy food out of landfills and support their community at the same time by distributing that food to the community and the people who need it most. They are sharing their love and light, and making a positive difference by doing good for themselves, good for their neighbors, and good for the Planet. Not only does this program teach children about protecting our environment, but it also teaches them compassion, empathy, and gratitude.
We are so excited for this program to get off the ground, and we will keep you posted as to progress!