• Location
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Status

The Problem

We are trying to create awareness of how there are some areas in our backyard that don't have access to fresh food as well as areas that have an over abundance that goes to waste and ends up in our landfills. About 40% of the fresh produce that is grown in the US is thrown out, ends up in a landfill and may take up to 100 years to break down. We want to get fresh food from where there is excess to the people who need it most and also teach people who have this luxury not to take it for granted and how they can help.

Our Plan

We volunteered this summer in a junior gardening program with students from Waukegan. We helped to teach about the importance of composting and how it can give back important nutrients to our soil and decrease hazards to the environment. We also picked up fresh produce from areas where it was not needed and delivered it to food pantries and community organizations that distributed it to people who do need it. Watching the "Wasted", Anthony Bourdain, documentary was also very helpful in understanding the problem. We also gleaned at a local farm and delivered that produce to people who needed it.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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