I don’t know about you, but I ate pretty well last Thursday. Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, the works. And the same on Friday. And Saturday. And in spite of all the food we sent home with our kids, we’ll still have Thanksgiving leftovers that will ultimately, unfortunately, not be eaten. It’s a sad fact that we waste a lot of food in America. Some say we could feed all the hungry in the world with what gets thrown away. I’m not sure I believe that, but I do know we can do a heck of a lot better when it comes to making good use of what we have.
At Tyson Foods, we’ve aspired to be a thought leader in the discussion of how a growing world is going to be fed. Recently food waste has become a very, very hot topic in that discussion.
So it was appropriate that in the week of Thanksgiving we announced a $225,000 Tyson Foods grant to the University of Arkansas, in support of their Full Circle Campus Food Pantry and an exciting young program called Razorback Food Recovery. The latter is specifically focused on recovering and redistributing food that would otherwise be wasted, and in its first seven months of existence has saved more than 20,000 pounds of wholesome food from the dumpster, and given it to organizations that feed those in need.
These U of A programs are groundbreaking, and the exciting thing about our grant, is a portion of it is specifically earmarked for showing other colleges and universities around the country how to implement similar successful programs. We’re hopeful that we’re sowing seeds for the recovery of a lot more food that can feed hungry people.
Here’s an article that tells more about the donation.
Meanwhile, think about your personal role in this issue. What can we do as individuals and as a society to make certain as little as possible is wasted?