Film screening and presentation on food recycling and recovery
Americans are wasting more than $165 billion worth of food every year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To increase awareness of food issues and food access in our area, the Town of Wellesley is hosting a free program on Tuesday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library to explore possible options for food recycling and recovery.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Solutions for Reducing Food Waste is presented by Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and will feature a screening of the food waste documentary, Just Eat It, inspired by Wellesley High School graduate Jonathan Bloom’s book, American Wasteland.
Following the film, Wellesley native Ashley Stanley, founder of the Boston food rescue group Lovin’ Spoonfuls, will explain how her organization picks up surplus edible food from businesses such as Whole Foods and Roche Bros. and distributes it to those in need.
The program is a cooperative effort of the Town of Wellesley, local businesses, volunteer groups and houses of faith. Organizers hope the sharing of information will prompt ideas and action.
“Wasted food impacts our environment, our climate and our budget – the average family of four could save more than $1000 every year by being less wasteful,” said Ellen Korpi, chair of Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Committee and a member of Wellesley 3R. “We use one quarter of our water supply and four percent of our energy to grow food that is never eaten, and yet, 1 in 7 Americans regularly don’t have enough food to eat. The film, Jonathan Bloom’s book and Ashley Stanley’s group offer insight and solutions to this issue that I hope residents will consider.”
The event is open to the public. Roche Bros., one of the co-sponsors, is providing recovered refreshments – baked goods that would otherwise be sent to a compost bin. Wellesley 3R was formed by the Department of Public Works, Natural Resources Commission and Sustainable Energy Committee to explore waste management issues. Co-sponsors from Wellesley are: League of Women Voters, Green Schools, Farmers Market, WHS Green Team, Council on Aging, Friends of Recycling, Sustainable Wellesley, Unitarian Universalists Green Sanctuary Ministry, Village Church Environmental Ministry, Temple Beth Elohim. Co-sponsors from Needham are: Green Needham Collaborative, League of Women Voters, First Parish Green Congregation Committee.
Learn more at http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_NRC/index