The Climate Connection: Fighting Climate Change in the Kitchen
Wildfires, a pandemic, and economic shutdowns left hundreds of Napans hungry and not sure where their next meal was coming from. Feeding It Forward Napa Valley (FIFNV), a local nonprofit started in 2018 by David Busby, stepped up to meet that challenge and connect those who could donate food with those who need it.
With an amazing group of volunteers, and more than 80 donors and local distribution partners, FIFNV recovers excess fresh and processed food to feed the hungry. In 2020, FIFNV distributed more than 100,000 meal equivalents.
During the first three months of 2021, it recovered 57,000 pounds of good quality food and implemented software to help match donors and distributors. FIFNV is well-positioned to fill the niche of recovering prepared food when events such as BottleRock, the PGA Open at Silverado Resort and Spa, and hospitality-related activities reopen after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
While sudden disasters come and go, the need for food support remains constant, and FIFNV welcomes new volunteers and partners. It is one of several Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Grants (MSA) programs in Napa County that strive to improve health outcomes for individuals and families throughout the community.
Food recovery helps meet that goal on two fronts: providing fresh food to the hungry and preventing waste. It also helps Napa meet the edible food recovery requirements of California’s landmark climate bill SB 1383 (2016)
As we reported in this column in our July 28, 2019 article on food waste (“Waste Not, Want Not: Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in The Kitchen”), an astounding 30 to 40% of the food produced for human consumption is not eaten, resulting in about 20 pounds of food waste per year for every man, woman, and child in the U.S.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation #compensate
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