The Indy Hunger Network charity created a Food Drop program that connects truck drivers with nearby food banks that can put the products to good use. So, rather than letting thousands of pounds of food go to waste, the program allows truck drivers to donate rejected food deliveries to charity.
The food that is often rejected and sent to landfill is typically cosmetically damaged but still edible. The program was launched to operate solely out of Indianapolis, Ind., in 2017, but charity workers say they documented more than 90,000 pounds of food donated within the first six months.
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Instead of letting thousands of pounds of food go to waste, this new program is allowing truck drivers to donate rejected food deliveries to charity.
Truck drivers will often arrive at a grocery store to drop off several pallets of ordered food only to have the products rejected by the supermarkets because there was either an error in the ordering process; the food was cosmetically damaged in transit; there were equipment failures en route that caused delay; or a variety of other reasons.
Regardless, this often results in tons of edible food being dumped into a landfill.