One in six people in the United States don’t know where their next meal will come from. More than 49 million people in the country are considered hungry. Hunger is now considered an epidemic.
There are over 40,000 organizations working toward hunger relief but most of them send processed foods to food banks and food pantries. As a result, people aren’t receiving healthy and fresh foods they need. The United States produces 430 billion pounds of food annually, which is more than enough to feed the population but we throw away more than 40% of it.
Food distribution is the key issue at play here. Before food is thrown away, it needs to be rescued so it can get to the people who really need it. This would solve financial, environmental and health costs of wasting food.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls works to facilitate the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away to community organizations that will put it to good use by serving the hungry population. Ashley Stanley of Lovin’ Spoonfuls notes, “hunger…requires connecting existing resources to people that need it.”
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