Last month, our Director of Procurement and Sustainability, Amy Bachman, testified in front of the DC Council to support the “Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017.” Introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh, the bill aims to reduce food waste by providing clear guidelines and tax incentives for businesses to donate food to nonprofits like DC Central Kitchen.
Since 1989, we have pioneered a new model of food recovery that not only prevents the waste of more than 680,987 pounds of food each year, but transforms that food into nearly 2 million healthy, nutritious meals for our neighbors in need. Our efforts not only provide nourishment for our most vulnerable neighbors, they also prevent thousands of pounds of food from decomposing in landfills and emitting greenhouse gases. Last year, DCCK’s food recovery efforts prevented 1.3 tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere.
We work regularly with our partners in District government to promote innovative, inclusive policies that fight food waste, hunger, homelessness, and chronic unemployment here in DC.