Thank you for your support of Cornucopia’s Food Recovery Program!
You have made our Food Recovery pilot project a resounding success! It offers a model program for rural food rescue that other rural communities can adopt. America wastes 40% of the food it produces, and most of that food can be rescued and provided to local food banks and programs that feed the hungry.
In eight months, we have furnished over 51,000 meals to those who feed the hungry in the Quad City area and the Verde Valley. You have made that possible.
Food Recovery not only provides more food to feed the hungry but also addresses the environmental need to reduce the amount of food in landfills. Rotting food produces dangerous greenhouse gases like methane that rise into the atmosphere from landfills. It also bursts into fires through spontaneous combustion and those fires in landfills often cannot be put out.
A recent world plan for countering global warming called Drawdown, ranks food recovery as the third highest priority action for reducing global warming. In eight months, we have diverted more than 72,000 pounds of inedible food from the landfill of which 12,000 pounds has been delivered to community compost piles. You have made that possible.
Achieving Program Sustainability
In those eight months, our two part-time Food Recovery Coordinators have just begun to tap the generosity of our communities. Their work has been supported by grants, yet Cornucopia needs to sustain and expand those programs with donations so that they do not disappear.
We are developing a community service business to generate ongoing revenue to sustain Cornucopia and its successful food recovery programs. Our plans involve: 1) Selecting a business model; 2) Creating a business plan; and 3) Obtaining start-up funding.
We’re considering establishing a food hub to aid Verde Valley farmers and ranchers in getting their fresh produce to grocery stores and restaurants. That business model might be augmented by adding a Thrift Grocery Store based on the Daily Table model established by the founder of Trader Joe’s. We can also use the building for food recovery. It will likely take two years to establish this business model.
We also have an immediate need for two vans to transport rescued food in the Quad City area and the Verde Valley. Please consider how you might help us accomplish these goals.
Thanks to funders: SEDI (Sustainability Economic Development Initiative), Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County, The NARBHA Institute, and United Way of Yavapai County for their grant support.
Thank you! Harvey Grady