Marshall University is among 26 colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic Region that have joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge to date. According to a list provided by the EPA, West Virginia University is the only other participant in West Virginia.
The Food Recovery Challenge encourages colleges, universities and other organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible. Organizations that join EPA’s challenge find that they not only save money, but they also feed the needy and help protect the environment at the same time.
“The food donations to hunger-relief organizations made by colleges and other institutions can help the one in six Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “In addition to feeding the hungry, the food donations go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering disposal costs for their campuses. The Food Recovery Challenge is truly a win-win situation.”
Food waste generated by local institutions, hospitals, colleges, universities and restaurants is often actually safe, wholesome food that could feed millions of Americans, according to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA. EPA is working with institutions and hunger-relief organizations to increase food donations. Composting food waste also leads to important environmental outcomes. Composted food waste creates a valuable soil product that can be used to enhance the quality of soils.
For more information on EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, visit www.epa.gov/foodrecoverychallenge online.