The Foundation’s Food Waste Program, developed in 2013, seeks to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste by directing it towards its highest and best use – ultimately feeding more people and reducing the environmental impact of food waste. The Food Waste Program is particularly concerned about the issue of food being wasted while people in our communities remain hungry.
The Food Waste Program supports both place-based and field-building efforts. Within the place-based work, the Program focused on Connecticut, with an emphasis on Fairfield County to understand on the ground gaps and barriers. For the field-building, the Foundation works with and supports national NGO’s and other stakeholders to develop new resources and innovative solutions to reduce food waste on a national level.
In 2015, The Fink Family Foundation embarked on a special project of seed funding ReFED, a fiscally sponsored initiative, to create a roadmap to reduce wasted food in the US, based upon research on the best areas for impact and their economic costs/opportunities. ReFED aims to catalyze business, philanthropy, investment and policy decisions related to reducing, recovering and recycling food waste and loss. The recommendations and tools being developed by ReFED will be relevant to a wide range of stakeholders including: retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, foundations, investors, entrepreneurs, municipalities and government agencies. Report Launched March 9, 2016 - additional details can be found at www.refed.com. Foundation Action Guide launched November 2016 - downlaod here
The Fink Family Foundation is proud to support the development of the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, a travel-philanthropy mechanism in Chilean Patagonia that aims to turn travel into a tool for positive environmental development. In partnership with Sustainable Travel International, the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund will work to improve the sustainability of park visitation and operations while simultaneously creating a better, more impactful experience for visitors to the park and surrounding communities. It is the goal of the initiative to develop Torres del Paine as an economic and social resource for generations to come. To find out more about the Legacy Fund initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.