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Feeding not Wasting

WHAT WE DO

Feeding not Wasting.
Our vision is to decrease food insecurity while creating a more sustainable world.
Whether a food donor or a receiving agency, we are here to make connections simple, seamless, and successful.

RePurpose works to reduce food waste and encourage food recovery at the local level. But, we need comprehensive federal policy to reinforce and support our efforts. Here in Greensboro and Guilford County we are poised to be a part of “greening” the Southeastern U.S. Our work in food recovery follows the EPA guidelines of utilizing our valuable food resources to feed people equitably first; rather than allowing these resources to needlessly end up in the landfill.

-Laura Oxner, Director of RePurpose

If you are a restaurant, school, hospital, special event center, caterer, etc with a surplus of food that would end up as waste, we would love to partner with you.If you would like to help us get surplus food to vetted agencies, we would love for you to volunteer with us.
Donors and Volunteers:
Contact Me by filling out the form to the left. I look forward to hearing from you!
Laura Oxner, Director of RePurpose

Laura has always been passionate about collaboration, the community and thinking creatively. She has rediscovered this in food recovery after several years as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her years as the NC Regional Director of Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU), an award winning food recovery think tank, has allowed for Guilford County to become a model of this work. RePurpose will continue this successful work of connecting donors of wholesome food and resources to vetted recipients in order to nourish the community rather than filling landfills. The core phrase of “feeding not wasting” is exactly what she strives for every day. To contact Laura directly, click here

REPURPOSE SIGNS U.S. FOOD LOSS & WASTE POLICY ACTION PLAN

 

This policy sets forth national and international goals to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030! Addressing this challenge nationally will help us locally build a more resilient food system that helps mitigate climate change and feeds more people.

To find out more, visit https://foodwasteactionplan.org

 

Resources

Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants 

This toolkit is designed to: Help food service establishments and commercial kitchens save money by reducing wasted food and packaging with suggested strategies, templates and case studies.

 

Sustainable Management of Food

What is food sustainability? Tools for Preventing and Diverting Wasted Food

Snack Program

Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from schools and deliver the food to local nonprofits! We require a short training and then you can sign up for days that you are available. Please fill in the Contact Me form and submit. We will contact you to set up your training and volunteer days.

Thanks for helping us get snacks to kids who need them!

FAQ

What is food rescue?

Food rescue is the collection of wholesome edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste from restaurants, grocers, and other food service providers. This food is redistributed to vetted local hunger agencies, all while keeping it out of landfills.

Is food waste really that bad?

Yes. Wasted food is worth $165 billion every year. This can also be translated as 40 billion meals being wasted. We already produce more than enough food, we just need to stop wasting 30% of it.

Who is the food delivered to?

Local shelters, food pantries, and community nonprofits are individually vetted to receive food donations.

Can I receive weekly pickup? How about one time pickup?

Yes and yes! We will work to develop a schedule that specifically meets your needs.

What about packaging?

Food is packaged safely per our approved Standard Operating Procedures.

What is your relationship to A Simple Gesture?

We are collaborating with A Simple Gesture to work towards our shared goal of providing food to our hungry community.

Thanks to our amazing volunteers who help feed not waste!

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