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Claire Spence

kind, thoughtful, intelligent, difference maker

Saving Food for a Sustainable Solution

Every year, 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted while millions live in food insecure households. And with the world’s population on the rise, things are just getting worse, especially in the Bay Area where housing is so expensive and good food so difficult to afford after paying for housing. My project is to tackle the saving food aspect of this problem by following in France’s footsteps.

The French government has made it mandatory by law for grocery stores to throw away food past its sell-by date (food that is still good to eat, but illegal to sell in stores) and donate this food to local food banks. In so many grocery stores today, all this food is just thrown away. My project is to contact stores like Safeway, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for example and ask them to donate their food past its sell-by date to local food banks or nearby homeless shelters like Hope’s Corner. I hope to be able to give people struggling a way to get food for little to no cost.