5 Million Pounds of Fresh Produce a Year Feeds Californians in Need Because of CalRecycle Funding
About 5 million pounds of fresh produce a year goes to Los Angeles agencies that feed people who don’t have enough to eat, thanks to funding from CalRecycle. Edible, unspoiled excess food that was previously thrown away in landfills now helps Californians in need. Food recovery organization Food Forward used a CalRecycle grant to build a 6,000 square foot warehouse that manages donated food sent to 1,800 food relief agencies in Southern California.
Reducing organic material sent to landfills also helps landfills in our state fill up less quickly and reduces the amount of climate-changing greenhouse gases this material emits when it breaks down. Giving food to Californians who need it most while helping our environment gives food recovery programs far ranging impacts.