For a second year, the Food Rescue Partnership has won a Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Regional Award!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the awards each year. “We applaud the Food Rescue Partnership for their initiative and innovation in reducing food waste throughout the Quad Cities community,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford in the official announcement from the EPA. “Thanks to their combined efforts, this community coalition has helped the Quad Cities reduce hunger, save money, and protect the environment by diverting food waste from landfills.”
“The Food Rescue Partnership educates local food establishments about food recovery. So it was a natural fit to become part of the FRC,” said FRP Board Chair Christina McDonough. Some of the activities that helped cinch this award for the FRP include:
- Continuing to gain new Members in Food Rescue, currently at 19 local establishments
- Working with Fresh Films and Quad Cities teens to create a video and public service announcement
- Hosting a second food rescue workshop
- Touring an anaerobic digestion operation
- Continuing to coordinate food rescue donations and divert food from the landfill, currently at over 52,000 pounds
“Food Recovery Challenge participants are leaders in showing how preventing food waste and diverting excess wholesome food to people is an environmental win and a cost-saving business decision,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The majority of FRP activities and materials have been provided through volunteerism, in-kind donations, or grants from stakeholders and community partners. FRP stakeholders continually strategize new and unique opportunities to highlight its Members in Food Rescue and spread the food recovery message.
“This recognition is possible by the hard work and commitment of our stakeholders and community partners,” said McDonough. “Together, we are making the Quad Cities a community dedicated to eliminating food waste.”
Learn more and check out the other award winners at About the 2019 Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award Winners.