By Laurie Szostak
Hunger, here in our bountiful region? It may be hard to imagine, but it’s true. While 40 percent of the food produced in this country is wasted, one in 10 of our Hudson Valley neighbors is hungry. With increasing awareness of these challenges, a new regional solution is coming to the fore.
FeedHV—as in, Feed Hudson Valley—provides a free and easy-to-use web and mobile application for rescuing food. “Food rescue” is the process of recovering leftover, unused or unserved foods in edible condition that would otherwise go to waste from retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, growers or dining halls and distributing it to local emergency feeding programs. Often the food is near the “sell by” date, or has surface blemishes that make it undesirable for retail sale.
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