By Eillie Anzilotti.
Americans toss out, on average, 72 billion pounds of safe, edible food each year. Around 52 billion of those pounds flow from manufacturers, restaurants, and grocery stores into landfill. Feeding America, a nationwide network of over 200 food banks, has developed a new tech platform called MealConnect to intercept some of that trash-destined food and divert it toward the one in eight food-insecure people in the United States.
The way that Feeding America reaches the approximately 42 million people in the U.S. who struggle to afford food is through managing a wide-ranging web of 60,000 partner organizations and efforts—including soup kitchens, pantries, and meal programs like the Summer Child Nutrition Program—that source produce and meals from Feeding America’s food banks. And while Feeding America (the largest hunger-relief organization in the country) is certainly effective at reaching people in need, the process of the food banks collecting donations and distributing those resources out to its partner organizations could use some streamlining, Feeding America’s organizers felt—and by doing so, could bring more donors into the fold, Justin Block, a senior manager for Feeding America, tells Fast Company.
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