"Strengthen Food Rescue" - Following the Roadmap to 2030 Webinar Series
Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Just 3% of surplus food ends up being donated, and most food donations are of processed, shelf-stable items that are easier to transport and store. As a result, many food relief agencies end up purchasing fruits, vegetables, and other perishables rather than rely on donations. What solutions can help further the rescue of high-quality, nutritious food and increase the capacity of food relief agencies to get it to the people who need it most?
Among other things, policy can help increase liability protection, clarify food safety guidance, and improve tax incentives, which are all factors in this space.
We believe and live off the philosophy that hunger is not an issue of scarcity, it’s really a matter of logistics
We’ve got to break down silos, we’ve got to work across industries, and not treat best practices as something private. We’ve got to share and be transparent to scale these solutions and work together, there’s no silver bullet.
With partnerships, the sweet spot is when each participant is contributing what they do best and there’s a symbiotic relationship that also empowers the other to be able to do more of what they do best.
The reality is that liability fear is real, but if food is good enough to sell to someone at 9:58, it should be good enough to give to someone at 10.
With food recovery opportunities, there’s not just one type, we have sites that want to recover a couple meals a day, and we have opportunities to recover pallets and pallets of food. So, we need different types of partners to be able to spring into action and respond.
Last mile logistics can play a role in essentially speeding up the distribution process or making it possible to distribute (perishable) food on a last minute basis to people in the community.
One of the big things with perishables is that there’s still a lot of fear from the donor about donating things that they feel are going to go to waste or make someone sick, so I think that is one of the challenges is making more people aware of the Good Samaritan Act, making people understand that this is the right thing to do.