Eat Greater Des Moines Encourages Grocery and Convenience Retailers to Take a Bite out of Food Waste

 

Eat Greater Des Moines Encourages Grocery and Convenience Retailers to Take a Bite out of Food Waste

Use ChowBank App to make donating unsold safe, prepared food easy.

Eat Greater Des Moines works to connect those businesses with excess, edible food with non-profit organizations that can put the food to good use.

In the food business, predicting exact levels of demand can be a challenge. As a result, there is often safe, prepared food left unsold at the end of a shift, event or workday. Such food can be put to good use through a food rescue program, which picks up the donated food and distributes it to local social service organizations that serve people who don’t have enough to eat.

In the greater Des Moines area, easily connect with a local social service area by using the ChowBank food rescue smartphone application. The ChowBank app makes connecting with a local social service agency easy. Eat Greater Des Moines works with grocery and convenience stores and others to identify excess prepared, fresh and shelf-stable food suitable for donation.

As a food industry professional, you can make unsold, prepared food donation a standard business practice in your workplace. Food donors benefit from the safeguards afforded by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which protects those who donate food in good faith to non-profit organizations.

To get started, please download the ChowBank application and get registered as a donor. If you have a regular food rescue opportunity and you need help finding a recipient match, email aalvarez@eatgreaterdesmoines.organd let us know!