Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22 to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people to take action to protect our planet. One of the pressing environmental issues that we face today is food waste, which not only contributes to climate change but also perpetuates food insecurity. At The Branch, we are doing our part to address both of these issues by rescuing food and distributing it to those in need.
Food waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. In fact, food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Feeding America, an organization that works to end hunger in the United States, 42 million people in the United States are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food to meet their basic needs. The Branch helps to provide food to those in need and works to create a more equitable food system.
The Branch has rescued and distributed over 2 million pounds of food since we were founded in 2013. That's 2 million pounds of food that would have gone to waste and 2 million pounds of food that has gone to feed those in need!
In conclusion, Earth Day is a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our planet. By rescuing surplus food and distributing it to those in need, we are working together to reduce food waste and greenhouse gas emissions and working to create a more equitable food system. This Earth Day, let's all take action to reduce food waste and protect our planet!