I originally became involved with Food Finders to bring a topic I was doing my graduate thesis on — keeping organics out of the landfill and the link to climate change mitigation — full circle.
While completing this final policy paper noting reasons and recommendations as to how we should as a society go about reducing organics from the waste stream it dawned on me that I wanted to practice what I was preaching.
Enter my added side-project of wanting to rescue perfectly good food from local restaurants and get it donated to local shelters! With a little digging, I learned that schools have more rescuable, edible food waste than restaurants and soon made a connection with Polytechnic High School in Long Beach. With the help of a couple of good teachers and eager students, we started our food rescue program in April of 2015, collecting 3X a week. I am proud to say that they are still participating in Food Recovery today, over a year later, with students now collecting and donating food to Food Finders 5X a week. It just took a bit of conversation, passion and a great connection with Food Finders.
*Natasha now sits on the Board of Directors with Food Finders where she actively advocates for food recovery and helps in our program to encourage other places to donate food.