On September 24, the LV Food Policy Council had its launch with an inaugural meeting in Allentown. The organizational structure was presented and committees were set up to address food security and thriving food systems, as well as the structure of the Policy Council itself, including public relations, outreach and education.
One of the committees which will meet this month and is open to anyone with interest in this topic is the Food Recovery & Respect group (previously labeled Food Waste). The committee is co-chaired by Nurture Nature Foundation (Kate Semmens) and the Easton Hunger Coalition (Nancy Walters). A description of the committee focus is:
“While many people are food insecure in the US, 40% of food produced goes uneaten. This “food waste” can consist of any food that is grown, produced or prepared in the US, but that is never consumed, including both whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and processed foods, such as loaves of bread or meals prepared at restaurants. Much of this food waste ends up in landfills with negative consequences for the environment. Strategies to reduce food waste, including food recovery (field gleaning and rescue) and composting can save money and resources, alleviate the negative effects food waste has on the environment, and improve local food access by diverting edible food headed to landfills back into communities.” [prepared by Rachel Hogan Carr, Nurture Nature Center].
The committee will meet on Wednesday, October 28, 10 am, at the new Second Harvest Food Bank location, 6969 Silver Crest Road, Nazareth PA. Kate and Nancy will present an outline for action, and the discussion will include starting a public education campaign, opportunities for advocacy, hosting a screening of a new documentary about food waste and a workshop on gleaning and rescue. All are welcome. RSVPs are necessary for planning purposes, please RSVP to Nancy Walters at email@example.com.