The Foundation began its funding in food waste through a few place-based projects and pilots, to build regional ecosystems, capacity and knowledge. Here are a few examples:
ReFED – Report launched March 9, 2016 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 focuses on Connecticut, with an emphasis on Fairfield County. 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, BJFF 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. Additional details can be found at www.refed.com.
Center for EcoTechnologyhelps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. To help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities, CET and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) have joined together to offer RecyclingWorksMA. The FFF is funding efforts to do baseline research in Connecticut to provide the data needed to build the infrastructure needed statewide for an efficient organic waste diversion plan and to educate the public.
Community Plates is committed to ending American food insecurity by directly transferring fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from restaurants, markets and other food industry sources to food-insecure families throughout the U.S.The FFF has partnered closely with Community Plates on their growth plans, strategy and capacity building. In our Fairfield County community, we were pleased to introduce CP to our network, including Person2Person Norwalk Pantry and Millstone Farm.
Daily Table believes that delicious, wholesome and affordable food should be available to all. We are on a mission to help communities make great choices around food by making it easy for them to choose tasty, healthy, convenient and truly affordable meals and groceries. And we do this in a respectful manner that honors our customer, engendering dignity.
Harlem Grown'smission is to inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition. One of the most important facets of this mission is our composting efforts. Last year, our three urban agricultural sites collectively diverted 11,000 pounds of food scraps from the waste stream and we project to double those pounds this year. Through the community and commercial composting program we produce nutrient-rich organic matter to feed the plants we grow and teach responsible participation as part of greater ecosystems.
Harvard Food law and Policy Clinic(FLPC), a division of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law School students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The FLPC is at the forefront of policy research on reducing food waste in the United States and globally. Our September 2013 report, The Dating Game: How Confusing Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America (published in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council), examined how expiration date labels are misleading and cause significant food waste.
The Fink Family Foundation seed funded the Island Grown Gleaning program in 2009. Since then, IGG has improved access to fresh local produce by harvesting farm surplus and donating to organizations serving low-income, hungry, and marginalized community members.
Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. NRDC has been a leader in research and advocacy around the topic of food waste, with Lead Scientist, Dana Gunders paving the way with the 2012 paper “Wasted”. http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp The FFF has been proud to partner with both the NYC-based Food Law team who have pioneered research for best practices in food recovery systems, organic waste diversion and other critical topics. In addition, we are excited to be one of the seed funders of NRDC’s partnership with the Ad Council to create a national consumer campaign to reduce food waste. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dgunders/four_markers_of_progress_in_20.html