Food Rescue Workshop Releases Full Agenda

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The Quad Cities’ Food Rescue Partnership is excited to announce the full agenda for the free Food Rescue Workshop on October 4, 2018, in Davenport, IA.

The workshop agenda features speakers that will cover food waste problems and efforts at a local and regional level, along with a panel discussion highlighting food rescue successes from The Adler Theater/River Center, Panera Bread, and Augustana College. The keynote speaker, Matt Finnegan, from Baked Beer & Bread Co., will discuss strategies to monitor food purchasing and controlling waste by utilizing food to maximum use, as well as through donation to local non-profit organizations, all while sharing how to engage and motivate staff in food rescue efforts.

“We’re excited to have so many well-known Quad Cities establishments sharing their food rescue strategies at the workshop,” says Christina McDonough, Vice-Chair of the Food Rescue Partnership. “Not only will speakers share their successes, they also have great insight into overcoming obstacles to reduce food waste.” In the U.S., we throw away 40% of our food, according to the National Resources Defense Council, while 21,590 people in Scott County and 17,330 people in Rock Island County are food insecure according to Feeding America.

The workshop will take place at the Freight House in Davenport, IA on October 4, 2018, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and the workshop hopes to draw professional food establishments and retail food store owners, managers, and chefs. Registration and more information is at foodrescueqc.org/workshop.

FRP to Present at Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health

GovernorConf_2016We are excited to share that the Food Rescue Partnership has been chosen to present at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health this year.

“How the Quad Cities Initiative a Grassroots Effort to Increase Food Rescue” will share how the Scott County Health Department engaged community members and organizations to establish the Food Rescue Partnership to increase food rescue from food establishments and retail food stores.

Represented the Food Rescue Partnership will be Christina McDonough from the Scott County Health Department, Lea Hensel from the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, and Pete Vogel, Food Rescue Partnership Board Chair.

For more information, please visit the Iowa Public Health Association website here.

Sneak Peek: Food Rescue Workshop Poster Sessions

Attending next week’s Food Rescue Workshop does not just mean learning in the panel sessions (which will be incredibly informative) and receiving the comprehensive FRP developed Resource Guide. The Food Rescue Partnership has also organized a variety of representatives to be on hand to answer all of your questions covering many facets of food waste. Everything from the environmental issues surrounding food waste, to local agencies accepting food, to a book highlighting hunger in Iowa, to a magazine focused on sustainable living.

Food Rescue Partnership
This table will provide an overview of the 124 food system indicators for Scott County, food rescue data collection results and Food Accessibility map for the Quad Cities, and have a health inspector available to answer food safety questions.

River Bend Foodbank
This table will accept completed Food Rescue Donor Interest Forms to match businesses with one of the Foodbank’s 300 partner agencies most convenient to rescue food. The Foodbank can also answer questions about hunger in the Quad Cities, its network of partner agencies, and their collective work toward ending hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities served over 57,000 meals in 2014 at our Family Service Center and Meal Site and approximately 23,000 of those meals were for children. You will be able to help us provide balanced, nutritious meals to all those we serve. We are looking for proteins, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products for our kitchen because man cannot live on bread alone.

EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy: Animal Feed & Composting
Waste Commission of Scott County and Iowa Waste Exchange
What can you do with excess food that isn’t suitable for feeding people?  This table will explore ways to divert non-edible food waste from landfill disposal following the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy.  Stop by to learn about options including feeding animals, composting, and anaerobic digestion.

University of Northern Iowa – Iowa Waste Reduction Center
The Iowa Waste Reduction Center provides environmental consultation to small businesses throughout the state of Iowa. Projects have extensively focused on food waste reduction and diversion efforts in recent years.

Hunger in the Heartland
This table will provide an opportunity for participants to purchase the book “Hunger in the Heartland: A Resource Guide for Alleviating Hunger in Your Community, No Matter Where You Live” and have it signed by one of the authors, Rachel Vogel Quinn.

Radish Magazine
This table will feature current and back issues of Radish magazine, a free monthly magazine printed in the Quad Cities, dedicated the healthy, sustainable living. Complimentary Radish reusable shopping bags will also be available.

Sneak Peek: How Donation Can Work Panel at the Food Rescue Workshop

Do you work at or manage a food establishment or retail food store? Do you want to donate food instead of throwing it away but don’t know where to start? Not sure where to take the food or what is needed? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you will not want to miss the second panel at the October 20 Food Rescue Workshop.

The Food Rescue Partnership has brought together five individuals from both sides of the donation spectrum. Lindsey Adams (Outback Steakhouse) and Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers (Ross’ Restaurant) will be sharing information from the donation side. Both managers of their respective restaurants, Adams and Freidhof-Rodgers will share information about how to get started, developing policies and procedures and address usual assumptions, such as concerns about liability in donating food that could make someone sick. (Hint: There’s no need for concern. We’ll cover that at the workshop.)

On the recipient agency side, the Food Rescue Partnership is welcoming Mary Fahrion (Kings Harvest), Dan Huber (Sacred Heart Cathedral) and Lauri Jones (Café on Vine). They will highlight information about establishing relationships, what food safety rules need to be met, and how the tax donation works.

And remember, this is just a sneak peek into what will be covered through this panel. These panelists will have much more to share, and a Q&A section will take place for any unanswered questions.

This panel, as well as the networking opportunities that will take place throughout the day, are great opportunities to begin a relationship with a recipient agency and get started on donating food.

Sneak Peek: Local & Regional Initiatives Panel at the Food Rescue Workshop

Sneak Peek: Food Rescue Workshop PanelThere are great things going on all throughout Iowa to reduce food waste by feeding people instead of landfills, which is the focus of the first panel at the next month’s Food Rescue Workshop.

The FRP will be welcoming four experts that will present varying approaches to the issue of food rescue. Bob Andrlik from Table to Table will describe how his program helps to keep food as a resource, not a waste, along with how the Iowa City initiative got started.

From the middle of Iowa, Aubrey Alvarez, executive director of Eat Greater Des Moines, will be joining us. Aubrey has widespread knowledge to share on building easier connections between donors and recipients, including the development of a mobile app that aims to make this connection even easier.

The final two panelists are from our beloved Quad Cities. Mike Miller, executive director of the River Bend Foodbank and treasurer for the Food Rescue Partnership will provide further information on the hunger issue in the QC, as well as the important distinction between a food bank and a food pantry. And last but not least will be Christina McDonough from the Scott County Health Department. Christina will explain how the issue of food rescue was chosen as the focus for the Food Rescue Partnership as well as information on local questionnaire findings.

Working collaboratively and learning from each other allows these initiatives to implement change throughout Iowa so we can ensure food is being treated as the resource it is. We’ll see you October 20!

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