Interested in food waste diversion but don’t know where to start? Here are some resources!

 

Funding Opportunities

SWACO Community Waste Reduction Grant: SWACO is currently accepting grant applications through September 20, 2019. The SWACO grant provides financial support to offset the costs associated with waste reduction and materials diversion- including food waste diversion. The grant is available to local government entities, including but not limited to schools, universities and parks, and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County.

Resources for Preventing and Reducing Food Waste

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I Value Food: This website offers helpful tips for reducing food waste, proper storage, meal planning, and more. An interactive quiz helps to identify resources that are most helpful for you.

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Stop Food Waste: Check out the Food Waste Makeover Challenge in three easy steps: meal planning, buying seasonal foods, and using your freezer to prevent food waste.

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Love Food Hate Waste: This site features the “Chill Your Fridge Out” tool to assist in selecting the right temperature to reduce wasted.  There is also a portion planning calculator to help prepare the appropriate amount of food (and reduce waste!).

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Save The Food: Download and print signs for your fridge that tell your household to “EAT THIS FIRST” along with a 10- Minute Fridge Reality Check.

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How to Use Your Garbage Disposal : Learn more about how this built-in kitchen device can help to divert food waste and result in a beneficial output from the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

 

Central Ohio Residential Food Waste Programs and Services

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Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District :  The District offers classes on proper composting methods, and in partnership with SWACO also provides rebates for backyard composting equipment.

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Innovative Organics Recycling : Learn more about both subscription and drop-off food scraps program offer in certain areas within Franklin County.

GoZero: Learn more about both subscription and drop-off food scraps program offer in certain areas within Franklin County.

Perfectly Imperfect Produce: This organization sources imperfect produce from local farms and wholesalers. They package these items into a box(es) and ship it to you. Each box is unique depending on what you ordered and what needs to be rescued. For every box purchased, they donate to people in need.

Get Involved, Volunteer

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Mid-Ohio Food Bank: Volunteers are essential to the success of one of the largest food bank networks in the Midwest. Whether it’s one day a year or a few hours a week, learn more about you can help to rescue and distribute food to families and agencies in Central Ohio.

Food Rescue US: This organization is committed to ending food insecurity by directly transferring fresh, usable food to those in need.  Learn more about how you can volunteer, or if you are business, how you can donate food.  

Children's Hunger Alliance : By volunteering with Children’s Hunger Alliance, you can help this organization provide food and fun activities to children throughout Ohio. Volunteer opportunities include helping at special events or pitching in at one of their offices.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine: This is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in cities throughout the United and headquartered in New York City. The Columbus Chapter officially started as a project through the Near Eastside Leadership Academy. The organization provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. E-mail the local branch at columbus.branch@rescuingleftovercuisine.org to volunteer or for more information.

Other Local Resources

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA):  Explore resources provided by Ohio EPA’s “Food Scraps Recovery Initiative” including food donation, tips for reduction, and home composting information.

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SWACO :  Explore resources for reducing, reusing, and recycling solid waste. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) serves Franklin County and neighboring areas with solutions for solid waste including recycling opportunities around Franklin County.  Learn more about the programs, services, and information they offer including recycling, food waste, yard waste, household hazardous waste and electronics.

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Franklin County Public Health: Explore resources about food safety and solid waste in Franklin County.

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Columbus Public Health : Leads the execution of the Local Food Action Plan, which provides common goals and actions to unify efforts in growing, processing, transporting, selling, consuming and disposing of food.