A lifeline to address hunger via ‘unwanted’ produce at border food warehouses

unusedproduce-schmidt-p1-800x445Borderlands Food Bank along with one of our partners, Compost Cats on the Arizona Sonora News.

In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture reported that between 30 to 40 percent of the American food supply is wasted. When most people think of food waste, they think of little Billy not finishing his dinner. They think of their parents warning them that, “there are starving people in Africa.”

But the dinner plate is not the main source of food waste. Most happens at the distributional level — like when it can’t be sold to grocery stores.
“A lot of food waste is happening in the transit process,” said Michaela Webb, a University of Arizona student and worker for the Compost Cats, a student group that collects food waste and scraps from the city of Tucson, composts it and turns it into soil. “If they look at a semi-truck and deem that more than 10 percent of the food will be bad before the time it reaches its destination, they throw the whole of the truck — all the contents— away.”

The Borderlands Food Bank works with the distribution companies at its warehouse in Nogales to take the produce and get it to people who need it. Click here for full article.

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