October 2, 2014

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Did you know that 40% of America’s food is wasted?

North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light partnered with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle program to help get some of that wasted food into the homes of people who need it most. In 2013, the Food Shuttle distributed over 7.1 million pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste.

In addition to food distribution, the organization works with schools to provide food to children from food-insecure homes. They also do door-to-door distribution of fresh produce and groceries to seniors.

By saving unused food from going into landfills, NC IPL and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle are helping reduce carbon emissions and combat hunger in North Carolina.

October 2, 2014

Zero Waste Soup Kitchen

University United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, serves brunch to 300 homeless neighbors each Saturday. Through recycling and composting, brunch guests help the program run trash free.

University UMC is an urban church with a number of social justice ministries, including Open Door, a Saturday brunch for about 300 people experiencing homelessness. For many years, the church relied on volunteers to carry home recyclables from Open Door. But the church has expanded its recycling contract and added commercial composting service, and Open Door now runs trash free.

In its Cool Congregations Challenge entry, University United Methodist noted that it had composted more than 27,000 gallons of waste. The church has also quadrupled its recycling program as it works to serve vulnerable neighbors in the most healthy efficient, and environmentally sound means possible.

A core group of volunteers helps new volunteers and Open Door guests learn proper separation of recyclable and compostable waste. Congregants reported in their entry, “The composting and recycling program works because the homeless community embraces it. Not only does our Open Door program help connect local citizens from various backgrounds in a way that is eco-friendly, but it also empowers those who are experiencing homelessness to learn about and contribute to a deeper and more responsible relationship with our greater world.”

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September 15, 2014

Food Waste

Nearly 40% of the food we grow, distribute, put on store shelves then ultimately buy as consumers never get’s eaten. It’s called food waste and people like Andrew  doing something about it by gleaning, composting, and even learning to eat from head to tail to eliminate waste.

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