Waste Not, Want Not Food Event at Prescott Public Library
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries. And according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, more than 5,000 people in Yavapai County alone are at risk of losing their nutrition assistance (SNAP) benefits this year. That would mean thousands of locals will not be able to buy the food they need and could, as a result, go hungry. But there is hope.
On Sunday, February 11th at 2 pm, the Prescott Public Library will show an eye-opening movie, “Waste Not, Want Not!” which will focus on what to do with all that wasted food, with the goal of making a positive difference in the community. This free event is sponsored by the Quad Cities Food Recovery Project and the Food Neighbors Project.
Attendees will also learn about food recovery through the film “Just Eat It” and then hear from organizations in the Prescott area that are working to use edible food that would otherwise end up in a landfill to feed hungry people. The film will be followed by a question and answer session. Popcorn will be served and all attendees are encouraged to contribute to the event’s food drive by bringing a shelf stable food item. Individuals can also donate food and money and volunteer their time to these projects. Farmers and home gardeners can also schedule to have some of their extra produce donated to the programs. Donations will go to the Prescott Community Cupboard. To learn more about the Waste Not, Want Not Event and discussion call 928-592-7929 (Quad City Food Recovery) or 928-254-8172 (Food Neighbors) or visit www.prescottlibrary.info.
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