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Hunger Relief and Food Waste: Should we be donating excess food?

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

Even the least altruistic among us agree that the nearly 50 million people who go to bed hungry every night in the United States, or 1 in 7 Americans, should be well nourished.

But is the best way to help them to donate excess food? Or should a company focus its efforts on reducing waste upstream and possibly donate money to relief organizations?

What's a responsible corporation to do?

Since the onset of COVID, when the hungry among us soared, and many of the newly unemployed people were hospitality colleagues, the pendulum has been swinging in favor of making sure that donating food is part of the corporate responsibility platform.

At the same time, companies have stepped up their efforts to reduce food waste significantly. These goals aren’t as opposed as they might seem at first, but care should be given to message the goals right, ensure good practices are in place, and the best community partners have chosen to ensure effective strategies are executed well.

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Dina Wiltshire
Dina Wiltshire
Apr 07, 2022

The notion of anyone having to go to bed hungry or not having enough to eat and suffering from malnutrition breaks my heart. The wisdom of Sustainability Simplified is needed in the world more than ever....🤗

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