Fort Wayne meeting aims to address problem of food waste

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Solid Waste Management District is holding a meeting for individuals and organizations interested in reducing food waste.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 4 at the Rousseau Center, in Room 740, located at 1 E Main St. from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District aims to address the cause of food waste, misconceptions of food freshness and donation; and to help remove barriers to getting good food to those who need it.

40% of food is thrown in the landfill in the U.S., costing families thousands of dollars per year, reducing profits for farmers and restaurants, and producing significant amounts of methane, one of the most toxic greenhouse gasses. As a result of this waste, at least one million Indiana residents are considered “food insecure,” many of them children. Food insecurity is defined as lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Attendees to the event will be invited to share their experiences and the District will serve to provide for finding solutions to the problem of food waste.