Such an important topic! I feel genuinely happy that @chefwriter
brought this up in a post. Thank you @chefwriter
!! This is truly a passion and focus of mine as well.
I think that if we keep this in constant focus in the forefront of our minds we can do something to make a difference. I know the numbers make it seem impossible but it is the little things we can do all by ourselves that will change the tide. This means we need to take more time to pre-plan our food for the week, quit being impulsive shoppers, and when we have to shop.....ask for culled food at the supermarkets or get the "ugly" food from the farmers markets. That is just what ONE person can do. Imagine if we started to plan, can, glean and clean with our friends and family? The two people in the film saved $20,000 dollars worth of food from the landfills and spent only $200 in 6 months being mindful. That is JUST TWO PEOPLE! Getting involved with friends, neighbours and family as chefs and food enthusiasts......we can create our own underground food chain that helps all and our pocketbooks. I make a ton of stock, sauces, soups, salsas......you name it.....when I get all this stuff from the farmers and grocers. I then give away or sell to many friends or neighbours that do not have the time to put healthy stuff together but really want REAL homestyle cooking. (yes, I am insured and utilize a local restaurant kitchen even though I have my bakery). The chef/owner at the local kitchen I use for these products is now totally on board and volunteers with us when we glean and prepare food. You would be amazed at how much it really hits home with a lot of people. The majority of people today in North America struggles to put a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs and healthy food in their stomachs. The food conscious way of living is a game changer!
Take a moment of your extra time when you have it and get a hold of the local school district to which you live. Ask what their quota and numbers are for kids lunches program. Then put together a more sound, quality oriented, healthy and cost effective lunch program and propose to the district. Or start your own little kids lunch program out of a local community hall kitchen utilizing the "ugly" food from the farmers or supermarkets. Even a few days a week of a few hundred healthy bag lunches makes a difference if you can take a wee bit of time to get something together. As a professional baker you will have an advantage as you have the proper documented Food Safe certificates that the Health Department looks for. Of course, this is only a suggestion and I completely understand that it does take more time and energy then we have sometimes so I am just throwing stuff out there........lol /img/vbsmilies/smilies/peace.gif
Okay okay, I am rambling as I feel so excited that there are more people out there in the Cheftalk world that wish to make a difference as well!!! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/bounce.gif (I am literally doing this!! lmao)