How To Solve World Hunger And Waste For Free

A nonprofit that has the answer on how to solve world hunger and waste is asking you to participate in RLC Restaurant Week. Read below for the details. How To Solve World Hunger And Waste For Free
One of the most beautiful things about the internet and social media is the power to spread awareness on global issues, and solve them together as a community. For years I’ve been passionate about many global issues and have changed my lifestyle to help make a small, but significant, difference. From farm animal welfare – which led me to being vegan, to how fast fashion is destroying the planet – which led me to never shopping at stores such as Zara, to helping solve world hunger – which leads me to today’s story. I’ve been searching for an answer on how to solve world hunger and waste, and I’ve finally discovered a nonprofit organization that is feeding millions of food insecure families and saving waste at the same time…
Did you know that in the U.S. alone, 40% of food is wasted each year? 165 billion dollars worth of food, which would be 58 million meals, is wasted each year. Meanwhile, there are over 49 million hungry people in the US alone which is 1 out of every 7 people.  The habits of the average American and average restaurant, are currently not conducive to helping solve this problem. So here’s how we can solve world hunger and waste.

5 Ways To Solve World Hunger And Waste

1. Volunteer at RLC (Rescuing Leftover Cuisine)

RLC is a nonprofit organization founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Robert Lee. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 16 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.
“We need volunteers every week.” Margarita Simon, RLC’s Community Outreach Analyst, told Global Citizen. “We have twenty events every day so it’s hard to find volunteers on a regular basis.”

RLC currently operates in 12 US cities, ranging from metropolises like Los Angeles, to small communities like Niskayuna, NY. The organization plans on expanding across the country. All that’s needed to open a chapter is a volunteer who wants to reduce food waste and feed the hungry in their home town.

“The two issues [food waste and hunger] go hand in hand,” Simon said. “We produce enough food to feed everyone. We just have to get it to them.”

Meanwhile, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine’s co-founder Robert Lee, 27, is saving excess food and delivering it to homeless shelters and food kitchens across the nation.

2. Encourage restaurants and grocery stores in your area to join RLC or donate their food to homeless shelters

One day, donating leftovers will be the norm. Until then, we have to spread the word as quickly as possible in our local neighborhoods. Besides feeding the hungry, doing good for the local community, and reducing methane gases from the waste, food donors can also receive enhanced tax savings.

3. Spread the word through social media and by word of mouth

Be a part of the solution. Take action and encourage others to do the same. You can literally help feed thousands of people by spreading awareness and encouraging others to donate their time, food, and money to organizations like RLC. @rescuingleftovercuisine

4. Donate food and funds to RLC

Every bit helps. You can donate to the cause here.

5. During RLC Restaurant Week (April 22nd to 29th), eat at a RLC Restaurant partner in NYC

During the week starting on Earth Day, April 22nd to 29th, we are asking that our supporters use their dollar votes to support the restaurants that are actively doing something about food waste by donating their excess food. Please sign up on www.rlcrestaurantweek.com to pledge to eat at restaurants that donate their food during this week! You can see the list of restaurants that are supporting this cause here.

 How To Solve World Hunger And Waste For Free

I hope this inspires you to make a difference! Please share this article to spread awareness and change the world. If you’re more of an audio learner, watch this video below.

 

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