July 2016 Newsletter
It is an honor and privilege to announce that Food Rescue has received a $75,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The funds for the grant will go toward continuing to develop our K-12 Food Rescue program in Marion County. For more information on the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, visit http://www.ninapulliamtrust.org , and view their Grantees link to view the incredible work they do in Indianapolis and beyond. We are thankful to be associated with the great work of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
In addition, Food Rescue was recognized in July by the global organization Food Tank as one the top global organizations working to put an end to food waste. The article can be seen here.
We are also excited to announce the appointment of K-12 Food Rescue National Director of Student Leadership, Hanna Wondmagegn, a senior at East Mecklenburg HS in Charlotte, NC, who is now the student face of K-12 Food Rescue nationally. Her powerful story can be seen here, and we believe she will inspire many state student leadership directors in the coming years.
Through speaking engagements, conference calls, national webinars, and website inquiry follow up,400 schools have implemented K-12 Food Rescue policies related to Share Tables and food donations. Through collaborations with Vermont and New York state agencies, great progress has been made spreading Indiana's historic state guidelines to impact our nation. On July 14th, Food Rescue will be leading a conference call in Connecticut with several school officials and government agency employees that will lay the groundwork for Connecticut to become the 4th state to move toward adopting student tray to trash guidelines for food donations of unopened, unpeeled, and unwanted food items from their trays. More are undoubtedly to follow.
Stay tuned for more big announcements from Food Rescue. We are working with school districts in states all over the country, providing educational resources and mentoring to put an end to school food waste, and there will be more exciting news on the horizon.
Finally, we would like to take this time to say thank you to one of our amazing Food Rescue board members, Steve Witta, who has spent countless hours designing our online tracking tool that allows schools to track their food items kept out of a landfill, even identifying meals kept out of a landfill, and CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) estimated to be kept from entering the environment. Tracking 2.0 was recently launched, so check out the new improvements.