This Tech Innovation Reduces Food Waste While Feeding People Need

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This Tech Innovation Reduces Food Waste While Feeding People Need

by Colleen Callahan, Communication Manager, Content Producer, Feeding America
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How #technology is helping @FeedingAmerica bridge the gap between #foodwaste and #hunger. @CiscoCSR

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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 8:05am

When I was in college, I worked at a deli. Every morning we would take the unsold food from the previous day and throw it in the trash. The food was perfectly edible, but we had no good system of getting it to people in need before it went bad. So instead of filling stomachs, it filled landfills.

Wasting all that food bothered me then, but it bothers me even more now that I work for Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization that serves more than 46 million Americans in need. I have met family after family who struggles to put food on the table while billions of pounds of surplus food goes to waste.

Although we have a long way to go, Feeding America has made incredible strides in rescuing large amounts of food that might otherwise go to waste. We've worked hard to develop a sophisticated logistics system that enables us to rescue 2.5 billion pounds of food -- or about 2 billion meals -- each year. Most of this however, is food that comes in large amounts from major food manufacturers, traditional retailers and farmers -- meaning most of smaller amounts leftover from restaurants, hotels, convenience stores or delis, continues to go to waste.

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