Reducing Food Waste through Emergency Meal Programs (WasteExpo 2023) 60807

June 15, 2023

An Emergency Meal Program can reduce the quantity of food destined for landfill while providing communities with a valuable emergency management resource and addressing food insecurity. This session explores the implications of food insecurity in an emergency, connections to food waste reduction, and technologies to enable effective programs. Attendees will learn about the increased economic stress associated with food insecurity during an emergency, how solutions to this problem can also reduce food destined for landfill, and how tools such as solar powered cold storage units and repurposing kitchens are used to enable regional programs.  


  • Mike Learakos, Abound Food Care

  • (Moderator) Alexandra Yates, Orange Coast College

  • Monica White, Edgar & Associates, CA

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