Monday, January 6, 2014

Food Cowboy

Food Cowboy Diverts 300,000 Pounds of Food from Landfill

Quick Bit from Megan Malone

Food Cowboy aims to reduce the amount of leftover food going to landfills by encouraging stores to donate expired food to charities. According to a report (PDF) by the National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of food made for sale in the U.S. goes uneaten — and we’re not just talking about your dinner leftovers.

Just as those cowboys in Westerns rode in to save the day, Food Cowboy is here to lasso a solution. The start-up based in Washington, D.C., is working to reduce the amount of wasted food by encouraging grocers to give their expired edibles to food banks instead of Dumpsters. The organization’s website helps connect food companies, charities, truckers and caterers. According to NPR’s The Salt, in just three months, Food Cowboy has diverted approximately 300,000 pounds of food from landfills, a number that is expected to grow rapidly now that the program launched nationwide.

Now that’s worthy of breaking out your best spurs and doing the Boot Scootin’ Boogie.

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