FRP Awarded 2020 Food Recovery Challenge National Award

For the third year in a row, the Food Rescue Partnership has won a Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Award!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the awards each year.  “The EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award winners demonstrate how preventing food waste and diverting excess wholesome food away from landfills and to people is important for the environment and communities,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan in the official announcement from the EPA.  “Their accomplishments serve as excellent examples to other companies, governments, organizations and communities, particularly because food is the single largest category of waste.”

EPA Food Recovery Challenge National Badge

“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 earn this award for the FRP include:

The Food Rescue Partnership is one of 18 innovative businesses and organizations that are being recognized by the U.S. EPA at a national level for work completed in 2020 and 2021.  “It’s always an honor for the Food Rescue Partnership to be recognized by the U.S. EPA,” said FRP Board Chair Christina McDonough.  “This is the first time our Quad Cities’ coalition earned national recognition”.  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 national award winners at EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge Awardees Showcase Ways to Tackle Largest Category of Waste in Landfills.

2021 Year in Review

Dear Food Rescue Partnership Stakeholders and Friends,

I would like to reflect on the last year and what is to come for the Food Rescue Partnership. 

In 2021, we welcomed an input analysis and strategic planning sessions to re-evaluate our mission, vision, core value statements, and goals.  I’m proud that our vision for the Quad Cities to be a community dedicated to eliminating food waste and our mission to promote rescuing food for its best possible use stood the test of time.  FRP Stakeholders did a fantastic job revamping our core value statements.

  • Collaboration – Facilitate active partnership to build a strong, well-connected food rescue network.
  • Education – Utilize effective communication to promote best practices for food rescue in the community.
  • Community – Cultivate a continually growing and diverse network of partners effectively engaged in food rescue.
  • Safety – Prioritize safety throughout the entire food rescue process from donor to destination. 

We recognized longtime Board Chair, Pete Vogel for his outstanding service, inspiring leadership, and continuous support to go above and beyond to ensure that food is not wasted, but kept as the amazing resource it is.  Since joining the Food Rescue Partnership in January 2015, Pete educated more than 660 people about food rescue and personally ensured more than 767 pounds of food was rescued!

To date, the Food Rescue Partnership has diverted more than 53,713 pounds of food from the landfill by making connections to feed hungry people, feed animals, and/or compost. 

Ringing in 2022, I look forward to our planning session on February 1st to reconnect in-person and learn how food waste trends have changed during the COVID pandemic and the value of offering a personalized, healthy, food pantry service.  Our planning session will help us prepare for the fourth Food Rescue Workshop.

The Food Rescue Partnership is driven by caring and motivated stakeholders and community partners.  Most importantly, the Food Rescue Partnership is a team of great people.  On behalf of myself and the Food Rescue Partnership Board, thank you.

Happy New Year,

Christina McDonough, Board Chair

Local Chefs Recognized for Heroic Food Rescue Efforts during COVID-19

The Quad Cities Food Rescue Partnership added a new feature to their biennial event with the announcement of the Quad Cities first-ever Food Rescue Warrior and Member of the Year. 

Chris Carton, Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef; Pete Vogel, Food Rescue Partnership; and Christina McDonough, Food Rescue Partnership
Chef Chris Carton, Pete Vogel, Christina McDonough

“Chef Chris Carton of the RiverCenter|Adler Theatre exemplifies food rescue on a daily basis,” says Christina McDonough, Chair of the Food Rescue Partnership.  “During the particularly difficult pandemic times in our community, the RiverCenter|Adler Theatre is recognized for Chef Carton’s initiative to confirm the ability to operate a safe community kitchen under the RiverCenter|Adler Theatre’s food license so that professional food handlers could volunteer to prepare and serve food that would have otherwise been wasted,” explains McDonough.

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Pete Vogel, Chef Yolanda Graves-Jefferson, Cassandra Nephew, Christina McDonough

Similarly, the Food Rescue Partnership called for nominations of the Quad

Cities first-ever, Food Rescue Warrior.  “Yolanda Graves-Jefferson received heartfelt nominations for her passion to rescue food and feed those in need,” says McDonough.  Graves-Jefferson developed a passion for donating excess food to local hunger relief agencies as the Owner and Chef of Blckpearl Catering.  “Graves-Jefferson knew increasing numbers of people faced illness and unemployment during COVID-19 and utilized her culinary experience and personal resources to feed more than 200 people every week,” explains McDonough.

The Food Rescue Partnership recognized the RiverCenter|Adler Theatre and Yolanda Graves-Jefferson for their heroic food rescue efforts during the Food Rescue Webinar Series.  Webinar recordings will be available for replay here.

Podcast: FRP Joins Other Eastern Iowa Experts to Discuss Food Insecurities During COVID

In the St. Ambrose Institute for Person-Centered Care’s latest podcast, the topic of food insecurity was the focus – Address Disparities: Food Insecurities and a Pandemic. IPCC Podcast

FRP Chair, Christina McDonough (Community Transformation Specialist at the Scott County Health Department), joined Mike Miller (President & CEO of the River Bend Foodbank) and Ann McGlynn (Executive Director of Tapestry Farms) to explain what it means to be food insecure, how the COVID-19 Pandemic has brought more awareness to the issue, and what programs in the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois communities are doing to address this complex problem.

The podcast is available on SoundcloudSpotifyApple Podcast, and Google Podcast. It is a collaboration between the St. Ambrose University Institute of Person-Centered Care and KALA Radio.

FRP Awarded 2019 Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award

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.”

fd_reccvry_hierachy_363pxw “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:

“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.