Thursday, March 5, 2015
REDUCING FOOD WASTE WHILE FEEDING SENIORS
While over 9 million Americans over the age of 60 do not know where their next meal will come from about 40% of the food produced in this country is never eaten. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger has created an innovative approach to address both problems. It’s What A Waste program applies to senior nutrition programs a technology that was being used to track food waste in restaurants, hotels, and other catering operations. Through daily monitoring, the program can provide senior nutrition programs detailed monthly reports that include waste details by menu item, as well as nutrient loss from foods that were not consumed. All of this information can be used to help the programs develop menus based around nutritious foods that seniors will eat, so they get the nutrition they need to support good health. Pilot projects are producing results that are beyond expectation.
Source: National Center to End Senior Hunger, 2/18/15, Food Waste