State Awards County Grant to Help Reduce Food Waste, Hunger
Santa Clara County officials on Thursday announced a local
organization funded by the county to find solutions to food waste and hunger
has been awarded a California grant for more than $300,000.
Representatives from Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the county’s
Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission crafted the Cal Recycle Grant, which
was awarded as a part of the state waste management agency’s Food Waste
Prevention and Rescue Grant Program, county officials said.
The commission will use the $313,000 grant in their ongoing
efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle materials that otherwise would fall into
landfills. Joint Venture Silicon Valley will administer the grant.
According to the county, $218 billion is spent in the U.S. on
growing, processing, transporting and disposing food that is never eaten.
In Santa Clara County, more than 200,000 people are living below
the poverty line and one in six Bay Area residents face food insecurity,
county officials said.
The county later this year will be premiering a new mobile food
distribution platform called A La Carte, which features a fleet of trucks to
collect and deliver surplus food to underserved areas in the county.
“We are committed to finding innovative ways to end waste and,
more importantly, end hunger within Santa Clara County,” Supervisor Mike