Waste Hunger, Not Food
Waste Hunger Not Food takes edible, surplus food from restaurants, schools, and markets that otherwise may be wasted and distributes it to those in need. Every day, 116,000 people in Kern County do not know where their next meal is coming from. Forty percent of all food produced in America is wasted, and wasted food consumes 21% of all freshwater, 18% of all cropland, and 21% of all landfill volume.
Led by Kern County Department of Public Health Services, Waste Hunger, Not Food Kern County rescues surplus, edible food from restaurants, schools, and markets that might otherwise have been wasted and distributes it to those in need.
Grant funding from CalRecycle and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals allows Kern County Public Health to oversee and coordinate the transport of donated surplus food from local restaurants, schools, and markets to local distribution sites where the food will be made available to local residents in need. Participants in Kern County Homeless Shelter’s job development program drive the refrigerated vehicles transporting the surplus food from donating food facilities, and delivering it to Kern County donation sites. As food safety is of utmost importance, each driver is trained by the Kern County Environmental Health Division on proper food handling and transport.
Since the launch of its pilot program in September 2018, Canyon Hills has hosted two of the weekly food distribution sites and worked closely with the County to develop the program in our community.