Food Waste Weekend is a first of its kind opportunity for the clergy of all faiths to speak to their congregations about the waste of food in America, each from their own faith perspective.
Food Waste is the unfortunately poor term we use to discuss all of the edible and wholesome food that is never consumed. The waste of food is a problem that starts at the farm and ends on our tables. This is not rotting or unattractive food as the term suggests. Rather it is food that the farmer was unable to harvest, the grocery store chose not to sell, the food you throw out because the date on the packaging leads you to think that it’s no longer healthy to eat, the excess food in your garden that has overwhelmed you, the supersized portions of food served in restaurants, the three-day old bread the market throws away when the next shipment comes in, and a lot more.
For the past many years, an increasing number of foodies, non-profits, policy wonks, government officials and others have studied and spoken out about food waste, yet one important segment of our society – the faith community – has been left on the sidelines. All faiths teach about caring for the people about you and the planet under you, yet food waste harms both. It contributes to hunger and malnutrition, exacerbates diet related diseases such as Type II Diabetes and obesity, wastes energy, increases the waste stream and climate change, impacts your taxes, and can even impact national security. All because we have not been using the food we have.
The idea behind Food Waste Weekend is for you, a member of the clergy, to speak on the weekend of Sept. 8-10 2017 (or on a later weekend if desired) to your congregation about the problem of the waste of food – from your faith perspective.
We’re giving you everything you need to do it.
If you have any questions or concerns, please go to the contact us page and let’s talk.
America has the food it needs to feed the hungry. All we need to do is use what we have.