Above and beyond providing valuable resources, John has walked me through the process over several phone conversations and dozens of emails. He helped me overcome the typical roadblocks that exist when trying to convince school administrators that donating food is encouraged by the EPA, USDA, and legally acceptable under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. His mission to create student leaders is the only way change will occur on this level. I shared his student videos with our school’s Green Club and it inspired these kids to take ownership of the first food recovery pilot program in the district. They are now teaching other kids the importance of keeping food out landfills and providing an alternative to throwing away unwanted food.
I hope to inspire others just as John has inspired me. When more people become aware of the fact that 40% of the food in this country goes uneaten while 1 in 7 families struggle with food insecurity, we can create local action to bridge this gap. Food waste is not just a distribution problem; it is a lack of awareness and understanding. Organizations like Food Rescue are helping to shed light on the liability protection for good faith donors and remove obstacles to get food on the table of those in need. Thank you John Williamson for empowering me with knowledge so that I can make a difference in my own community.
FOOD RESCUE NOTE: Jennifer's work can be seen here, and she is currently mentoring a neighboring school district who inquired about K-12 Food Rescue on our website.
You Rock Jennifer!!!!!!! Thanks for the guest blog post!