Operation: Food Rescue
Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. Half of this food waste comes from homes. The other half comes from commercial food-generating businesses. When food waste goes to the landfill its breakdown creates harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Food waste is not an issue confined to Eugene. In the United States, an estimated 20-40% of food never makes it to the grocery store – mostly because of excessively strict cosmetic standards. Globally, a third of all the food produced in the world is never consumed.
Food waste creates huge issues both locally and abroad. We've hosted several events to bring awareness to this issue, including: Operation: Food Rescue. These events were hosted in 2017 and 2018 to highlight the issues around our global food waste epidemic and to draw awareness to food that is wasted throughout the supply chain. These events brought people and organizations spanning many sectors together to showcase simple and fun solutions to reducing wasted food at home.
Each event featured topics like food reuse, and education about waste associated with imperfect produce. As an example: half of the produce grown in the U.S. is trashed because it’s bruised, misshapen, discolored or has some other deformity that does not in any way compromise its food safety. While all this food goes to waste, 1 in 6 Oregonians go hungry. Operation: Food Rescue events featured information about local opportunities to get involved in food justice initiatives.
Each event also included a free and delicious meal made by local restaurants Opens a New Window. from would-be wasted ingredients.
These events could would not have been possible without our amazing local partners:
- Lane County Farmers Market Opens a New Window.
- Ambrosia Farm Opens a New Window.
- Organic Redneck Opens a New Window.
- Sweet Leaf Organics Opens a New Window.
- Red Hat Melons Opens a New Window.
- The Bread Stop Bakery Opens a New Window.
- Winter Green Farm Opens a New Window.
- Turnip the Beet Farm Opens a New Window.
- Eugene Area Gleaners Opens a New Window.
- Eugene Burrito Brigade Opens a New Window.
- Hummingbird Wholesale Opens a New Window.
- Mountain Rose Herbs Opens a New Window.