Encourage or mandate donation to food rescue organizations
In the US, 1 in 6 people are "food insecure". Here in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, enough food is thrown away to feed all of Boulder and Broomfield Counties’ hungry population . If we donate food before it becomes compost, we can not only help Boulder implement its Zero-Waste Goals, but feed hungry people while we do it.
There are two food rescue organizations in Boulder:
Community Food Share (http://www.communityfoodshare.org) and
Boulder Food Rescue (http://www.boulderfoodrescue.org).
Community Food Share (CFS) is Boulder’s largest food bank, located in Niwot, which collects donated food from many sources, and store the donated food in a warehouse where it is sorted, packaged, and checked for spoilage. Over 50 local basic needs agencies rely on CFS for food to pass on to their clients.
Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) is an all-volunteer non-profit who works to fill the gap of food left behind in Boulder that the larger food bank cannot take. This includes damaged or soon-to-expire produce. BFR focuses on healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and delivers food “just-in-time” to over 40 organizations that serve the homeless, hungry, at-risk and low-income population of Boulder. Boulder Food Rescue takes this food directly from donors to recipients and does it all by bicycle.
The city should give incentives to businesses and individuals to donate to these organizations, and help support these organizations with funding and outreach to the community.
 Caleb Phillips, Rhonda Hoenigman, Becky Higbee, Tom Reed. Food Redistribution as Optimization. (CU-CS-1085-11) November 2011.
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