How to use leftover food to fight food insecurity

We’ve all found ourselves clutching that lonely can of forgotten pantry beans, thinking about how far past the “best by” date we can conscientiously donate the uneaten food. You might throw them in the trash or (hopefully) send them to your local food bank, alongside pasta, boxed mac and cheese, and other dry goods. And that’s probably where our understanding of food waste begins and ends.

But the nationwide problem of excess food waste, and the subsequent movement to reduce and reallocate our country’s excess, is much more complexFood rescue, or reallocation, is the umbrella term for a wide array of initiatives that seek to save food destined for landfills and redistribute it to those in need, with the hope of reducing environmental harm and curbing food insecurity. The movement goes beyond just efforts to donate food to those in need: It addresses overconsumption, encouraging people to donate what they’ve already grown or purchased, rather than adding more food into a system of waste.  Read more...

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