Food waste is an ever-growing problem in the United States and globally. In the United States, we waste about forty percent of food, with about one billion items just from schools alone. Food rescue programs work alongside grocery stores, schools, and farms to reduce food waste, which helps the environment and farmers. Most food rescue programs occur on a local or regional level. In addition, many food rescue programs are involved in non-profit work, providing accessible and affordable foods to food-insecure families and stocking food pantries. The alternative is that the grocery stores and farmers toss the food into the garbage. Food insecurity affects millions, so programs like this are beneficial for all.

These programs aren’t just for food-insecure families; some programs have the same mission but sell foods for a reduced price. They take the “imperfect” items and sell them at a lower price in weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly boxes. While the fruits and veggies might not be picture-perfect, it doesn’t mean that you cannot use them! Some programs utilize upcycling processes for various foods, while others work locally to provide only produce to their surrounding communities. These semi-customizable boxes lessen food waste and its impact on the environment, introduce you to different or new foods, and help make eating well accessible to all.

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