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2014 Green Initiatives

This is the year of the ultimate in our recycling processes! According to foodrescue.net, Americans waste 40% of all food, which is a loss of $165 billion in food value. Most of these items are perishable, and at this time, we’re only recapturing about 1% of that total waste.

Last year Roadrunner Food Bank facilitated the rescue of 22.9 million pounds of food, which is equal to 19 million meals a year. An additional 545,618 pounds of food waste that flowed through the facility was recycled into either animal food or compost.

To save even more food, we started two new green programs:

  1. We are now targeting large-scale events and meal preparation organizations like hospitals and universities for our new prepared food rescue program. Balloon Fiesta was our first collection site in 2013, and it was a huge success. For the 2014 season, we started a collaboration with the Albuquerque Isotopes baseball team. Rescued food is distributed to feed hungry people nearly immediately after it’s picked up through our partner network of soup kitchens and meal sites.
  2. We began new collaborations with folks like Knowaste and Soilutions to help make the prepared food rescue events nearly zero waste. These partners take everything from food scraps to make compost, and cardboard and other plastics to recycle. Together, we can eliminate up to 87% of waste and keep it out of the landfill.

We’re looking for additional opportunities too, so if you run an event or a food service, we’d love to talk to you.  If you are interested in partnering with us on our Green Initiatives contact Teresa Johansen at 505.349.8897.

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