Join us in helping to feed food-insecure families!
FRESH! Rescue Program
We are very excited about our newest program that is having such a wonderful impact on hunger in our community. The FRESH! Rescue Program is a collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry & the 10th Ave. S Albertsons to supply out-of-date fresh food to local pantries & kitchens in Great Falls, MT. Each month is averaging about 7000# of fresh food - food that would otherwise have been discarded as "waste" and been thrown out.
This program is new, and we hope to expand as we find ways to involve both more grocery stores and more recipients. At this time, the Boys & Girls Club (Great Falls & Belt), Mercy Home, The Great Falls Children's Receiving Home, and the Juvenile Detention Center are receiving fresh food from the FRESH! Rescue Program. Healthy kids, healthy futures!
Here are some statistics and sources for how much food we waste in the country:
The most obvious problem with this waste is that while Americans are throwing out their food, an estimated one in every nine people in the world still suffers from chronic hunger—that is, insufficient food—including more than 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million Asia. Even in the United States, where that number is significantly lower, some 14 percent of U.S. households still struggled to put food on the table for a portion of last year, according to the USDA.
We know that there is more to do. With an estimated 70 billion pounds of food going to waste each year, we must work together to capture more of this valuable resource for the nearly 49 million million people in the United States who feel the effects of food insecurity.
Food Waste Statistics:
- An estimated that 25 – 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US will never be consumed.
- When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
- More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW).
Summer in the Garden - A "Happy Place"
The Westside Orchard Garden (WOG) is in full celebration when school is out and the kids are back in the Garden. 2018 will be our 6th year of Summer in the Garden. Boys & Girls Club youth, the Salvation Army Youth Program, the Cameron Family Center (Rescue Mission), the mental Health summer Youth Program as well as homeschool youth all had gardens in the WOG in 2015 - about 150 gardeners every week learning about fresh food and healthy eating! As one of our 3rd graders said, as she walked beside the gardener to harvest, "You know, the garden is my happy place!" It's our happy place, too, when the kids are all there.
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