Every day millions of Americans go without the nutrition they need, while the rest of us waste enough food to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 18% of South Carolinians can’t access healthy food. This 7 On Your Side Up Front special gives you an inside look at the Upstate groups working to close the gap between feast and famine.
With the help of Furman University and several local organizations we’ll show you the life cycle of your food, what happens when it passes by your plate and ends up in landfills, and how you can make simple changes to put it to better use.
You’ll get an in depth look at Loaves & Fishes, Greenville County’s only food rescue group, and the companies whose donations support it. From Whole Foods to Publix, stores are taking the food they can’t sell and passing it on to those in need.
American Wasteland Author Jonathan Bloom writes about food waste in America on his website.
The Need & Solutions
You can find more information on how you can help Loaves & Fishes expand its reach here.
For more information on how you can help United Ministries, and ways you can volunteer visit their website.
If you’re interested in learning more about the communities most impacted by lack of food access, the USDA and Feeding America have interactive maps.
To learn more about Furman University’s Shi Center For Sustainability, you can visit their website.
To learn more about the Good To Go Mobile Market and Mill Village Farms, you’ll find it here.
Greenville County has a helpful explanation of how they’re turning your food waste into profit, and cutting down on its environmental impact. You can read about it here.
Greenville County holds a compost sale every year. This year you can pick up a compost bin for $65 on Saturday, October 5th at the Whole Foods parking lot on Woodruff Road. The sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
If you want to make changes at home, but don’t know how to get started composting. You can find helpful tips here.
Stawberry Hill U.S.A. has information online about their farm, their produce, and how you can visit here.