End waste, end hunger

A new bill has been proposed in Congress to help end hunger in the United States. The bill would offer incentives in the form of tax deducible donations to food banks. Farmers to big corporations would be eligible for the tax break if they donate extra food to food banks. This comes on the heels of a United Nations initiative to reduce international food waste and world hunger.

The United Nations found that 1.3 billion tons of food gets wasted. Nearly 300 million tons are wasted every year by first world countries, especially the United States. It is no just that food is being wasted but all the resources required to get the food to our plates is also being wasted. Cost of processing, transportation, and labor all become “thrown away” when we throw out our extra food.

The United Nation’s campaign is titled “Think, Eat, Save“. The United States calls their national effort “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act”.

The UN's "Think, Eat, Save" Campaign's logo
The UN’s “Think, Eat, Save” Campaign’s logo

While both the UN and United State’s are taking positive steps to fight hunger, I think the UN has the better idea. I see the UN’s efforts as a way to educate the world about the issue but also finds sponsors in major company and local farmers alike to support the cause for what it is. The United States is putting a monetary value on the needs of the hungry. The tax breaks in the United States could result in well over a billion dollars in lost revenue. If this is the case, where will the US government cut over a billion dollars in spending.

Cut the scraps! We need to become more responsible with our excess food. Photo from foodwastenetwork.org.uk
Cut the scraps! We need to become more responsible with our excess food.
Photo from foodwastenetwork.org.uk

While the United States is usually the model country when it comes to world issues and leadership, ending hunger is an issue the US should be in the passenger seat for. The US needs to stop wasting its time and food on the “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act” and join the fight to “Think, Eat, and Save”.

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The Fresh Grocer providing fresh nutrition

The Fresh Grocer has become a staple in residents’ lives in the Olney and Logan neighborhoods. Students and residents both rely on The Fresh Grocer for not only regular food items but also fresh options.

I recently interviewed some people that shop at The Fresh Grocer on Chew Ave in the Olney/Logan neighborhoods. They all noted how the store is convenient and one of the very few places to get fresh food.

I asked what they thought were the benefits of having a store like The Fresh Grocer in their neighborhood is. I also asked what some of the negatives were in addition to alternative shopping options in the neighborhood.

These interviews are part of my goal of bringing awareness about the lack of healthy and nutritional food options in city neighborhoods. For those that live in the suburbs, it is easy to have numerous grocery store or corner stores to go get your desired groceries. Personally, there are 2 grocery stores and a mom and pop food market within a mile of my house. Not everyone is as lucky. Other La Salle students mapped the food options in the Olney/Logan neighborhood for a senior nutrition project. These students found that the McDonalds had some of the healthiest options because McDonalds offers fruit and salads.

La Salle students Bill Repetto and Alex Miller (pictured below) both rely on The Fresh Grocer for food. Olney resident Reggie Johnson recognized the great benefit The Fresh Grocer is to the neighborhood. Listen to the interviews for their respective responses on my Sound cloud page.

Student Alex Miller poses in front of The Fresh Grocer after he stopped to pick up food for the week
Student Alex Miller poses in front of The Fresh Grocer after he stopped to pick up food for the week
La Salle student Bill Repetto poses with some of his gluten free food. Without Fresh Grocer, Repetto wouldn't be sure where he could get food from.
La Salle student Bill Repetto poses with some of his gluten free food. Without Fresh Grocer, Repetto wouldn’t be sure where he could get food from.

Keep in mind the next time your are at the store how lucky you may be to easily walk into the store and get all sorts of healthy food. Some neighborhoods may not have the same benefit or may only have one option.

New notes not to miss

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for following and reading my blog. The past week I have taken off for spring break. Some good old fashion relaxing was just what the doctor ordered!  I’m back to it now and have added some HTML and PHP samples on the “Notes” page. I also recently added an infogram comparing the poverty rate in Philadelphia to surrounding areas. Head over to the “Notes” page and check it all out.