by Alex Womack
CHARLOTTE, NC -In the last two months, over 1,000 pounds of freshly prepared meats, vegetables and whole grains fed the Queen City’s hungry instead of feeding local landfills. Food Connection, Inc., an Asheville-based nonprofit, has expanded to Charlotte, and has partnered with area colleges and universities to rescue leftover fresh meals from their dining halls for delivery to local nonprofits who feed the hungry.
Three local women started the Charlotte Chapter after learning that more than one in three of all Mecklenburg County households with children are unsure where their next meal will come from—nearly double the national average. At the same time, 40% of all food produced in the U.S. ends up in the trash before ever reaching consumers. Food Connection’s goal is to reduce food waste by connecting the dots between those with too much food to those without enough.
“This is a very simple formula,” said Kim Aprill, co-director of Food Connection Charlotte, “that benefits both food donors and food recipients.” Kitchen staff at Queens University, Johnson and Wales University and Belmont Abby College packaged all of their overproduced fresh meals and Food Connection has delivered nearly 1,000 pounds of it to The Salvation Army Center of Hope, St. John’s Place and Catherine’s House in Belmont where it is simply reheated and served to their clients.
All participating donor partners thus far are affiliated with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. “We are delighted to be part of this program. It’s great to be able to reduce our carbon footprint. Instead of throwing away or composting this perfectly edible food, we can feed those in need,” said Beth Mack, District Registered Dietician with Chartwells.
Food Connection Charlotte will celebrate an official launch party and fundraiser on February 27th at Town Brewing, 800 Grandin Road, Charlotte.
About Food Connection
Food Connection, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit relieves hunger while reducing waste by connecting the dots between those with too much food to those without enough. The Asheville organization began collecting surplus, freshly prepared meals for delivery to those who need it four years ago. In December 2018, Kim Aprill, Mendy Godman, and Sue Hawes, founded the Charlotte Chapter of Food Connection, Inc. For more information and to get involved, go to https://food-connection.org
Contact: Kim Aprill, Director, Food Connection Charlotte
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