Whole Foods Market Announces Program to Reduce Food Waste, Feed Communities

Nourishing our Neighborhoods will complement the ongoing efforts by Whole Foods Market to support food access and food recovery. Image courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Austin, TX—September is Hunger Action Month, and Whole Foods Market announced that the company is kicking the month off with Nourishing our Neighborhoods. According to a press release, the program was created to expand capacity and capability for community-based food rescue organizations to move food from where it’s available to where it’s needed most.

“Nourishing our communities is a priority at Whole Foods Market, especially in these challenging times,” said Rob Twyman, Executive Vice President of Operations at Whole Foods Market. “We’re proud to put forth a food redistribution solution to reduce food waste and provide both perishable and nonperishable nourishing foods to our communities.”

As part of the program, Whole Foods Market is donating two refrigerated catering vans along with the funds to purchase 19 refrigerated vans to community-based food rescue and redistribution programs. The vans will be used to transport perishable and nonperishable food to communities within 18 markets across the U.S. and Canada.

Whole Foods Market suppliers RightRiceJustin’s and Severino Pasta Company made donations to help fill the vans upon initial distribution to recipient organizations, according to the release. And Whole Foods Market will add more perishable and nonperishable goods to fill the vans.

The vans will provide recipient organizations with 20,000 pounds of rescued food per week per vehicle. As Whole Foods reported, that equates to 182 million meals provided over the anticipated 10-year lifetime use of each van.

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