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    • U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Urban Surplus Food Recovery Model Divert food waste – seeking a Hunger-Free Community 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1
    • USA Food Waste in the Big Picture FAC ~110,000 cuft USA sent 70 billion pounds of food to landfills in 2011 How many times would that amount of food fill the FAC ? 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2
    • 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 3 Fill the FAC once every 5.5 minutes
    • Pilot project in Philadelphia to capture surplus food Create a food waste prevention method that can be used by any city or town to build a: Food Secure Community
    • Geographic-based Targeting Food Pantries and Cupboards
    • The Food Gap 2,200,000 pounds needed 160,000 pounds now 6,300,000 pounds now 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 6
    • Food Sources: what to expect Sector Participation (%) Diversion(tons) Grocers (33) 50 50 Restaurants 10 42 (189) Hotels (4) 30 9 Colleges (6) 60 36 K-12 (13) 20 2 Farmers Markets (5) 25 2 Hospitals (4) 40 19 Households 5 10 (17,169) Totals 341,200 pounds per month or ~ 11,400 pounds per day 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 7 Grocer Restaurant Hotel Colleges K-12 Farmers Mkts Hospitals Households
    • Approach and Key Elements • Community economic organization lead • Lots of surplus food sources • Existing “green” initiatives and infrastructure • Food rescue and distribution • Lots and lots of community partners • All-in attitude • Build on the EPA Food Recovery Challenge 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 8
    • 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 9 Current Events http://universitycity.org/university- city-food-recycling-project Goals and Status •Double residential composting – currently up 40% •Increase first year donations by 50,000 pounds – working with12 new sources
    • 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 10 Food Recovery Challenge Contacts at USEPA, Region 3, Philadelphia 1. Tom O’Donnell, 215-814-2874, odonnell.tom@epa.gov 2. Luke Wolfgang, 215-814-2913, wolfgang.luke@epa.gov