“Nearly 12,500 tons of edible food was discarded in 2014 making wasted food the single-largest item
by weight in our trash, while at the same time one in six families in Thurston County goes hungry.”
Photo courtesy: Thurston County Solid Waste
– “Thurston Food Rescue Expands Efforts to Feed Those in Need, Keep Food out of Landfill”
“What do you end up with when you combine one solid waste division, with one local food bank, 30 schools and 15 restaurants? Fewer hungry people, and a lot less waste. In 2015, what is now known as Thurston Food Rescue, recovered an amazing 63,669 pounds of prepared, but uneaten food to feed to people in need. This food, which was donated to the Thurston County Food Bank, was then repacked into 39,792 healthy ready-to-eat meals that were distributed to 11,067 local families in need.
Thurston Food Rescue is a unique partnership between government, non-profits, school districts, and private businesses. The goal of the program is to rescue surplus edible food to feed to people in need before sent to the landfill,” quoting by Thurston County Solid Waste, in ThurstonTalk.