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How to Reduce Personal Food Waste — and Feed the Hungry

Each American wastes about one pound of food each day — enough to feed 2 billion people each year, according to the Department of Agriculture. When food waste accounts for 19 percent of landfills yet over 41 million Americans struggle with hunger, something doesn’t add up. Reducing food waste has become a necessity not only for our environment but also for our hungry citizens. At Loaves & Fishes, we fight food waste by rescuing food from donors, like grocery stores or restaurants, and delivering it to those in need, via shelters or community centers.  But it takes all of us working together to make a significant dent in our food waste problem — and that starts at home. Read on for ways you can personally help to reduce food waste in...

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How to Have a Zero-Waste Fourth of July

If you are trying to be more mindful of waste, especially in a country where 41 million people struggle with hunger, hosting events can be frustrating. Paper plates, plastic cups, leftovers that go bad before they can be eaten — these are all part of the typical waste produced from Fourth of July celebrations. Fortunately, there are adjustments you can make to help reduce the amount of waste from your event. 1. Avoid disposable items Much of the waste produced by events comes from disposable items like plastic cups and utensils. Using real plates, napkins, forks and cups can help avoid most Fourth of July waste. Don’t have enough of your own? Consider renting items from a party rental company. If using real items isn’t an option, seek out compostable utensils and...

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Nelson Mullins associates CANNED by Loaves & Fishes.

GREENVILLE, SC: June 12, 2018 Loaves & Fishes food rescue challenged Greenville County law firms to help feed children in Greenville County this summer. 1 in 5 households with children struggles to afford enough food for their families. With over 49% of Greenville County students eligible for free and reduced lunch during the school year, Loaves & Fishes recognizes that in the summer they are not receiving at least those 2 meals regularly. The Feeding Frenzy Food Drive fills a vital summer need and 12 local law firms stepped up to help! Participating firms included the attorneys at 522 Church Street; Christophillis & Gallivan; Dority Manning; Holder, Padget, Littlejohn; McNair Law Firm; Nelson Mullins; Nexsen Pruet; Turner, Padget; Wilson, Jones & Carter; Womble, Bond, Dickinson; Wyche, P.A. and the U.S. Attorney’s office....

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Over 200,000 children in South Carolina struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America, and summer is often the most difficult time for them. The nearly 35,000 children in Greenville County who rely on free and reduced-price school meals lose access to regular meals during the summer months. In addition, summer is particularly challenging for food pantries and summer feeding programs. Donations typically decline following the holidays and reach a near standstill during the summer months. This summer lull is why it’s extremely important for us to work together and be vigilant in preventing hunger. Food rescue organizations, like ours, play a key role during the summertime. Community food programs host summer meal sites at places such as parks, recreation centers and houses of worship — and those programs rely on food rescue...

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