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Feed People

Why waste food when so many people don’t have good food to eat? Our Upcycling Kitchen located in Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit makes use of all sorts of edible, nutritious food and keeps it from going to waste.

Each week, our chefs create meals for the community using food that needs to be cooked before heading out the door. Ingredients like farm surpluses and food distributor closeouts along with unexpected nutrients like brewer grain and juice pulp turn into delicious dishes for eaters to enjoy.

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What would you do with $1500?

Using up all the food you buy is great for the environment AND great for your wallet. Did you know the average family of four spends $1500 on food that they don’t eat? Let us help you keep more money in your pocket while you keep food out of landfills.

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Group Classes

Our custom classes for your school, workplace or organization will help you build your network of people who know how to waste less. Get in touch with us to talk about a program that works best for you.

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Certify Commercial Kitchens

Take your food service operation to the next level with the international food waste certification, The PLEDGE™ on Food Waste.

We offer technical support to undergo The PLEDGE™, a third-party certification program that identifies and eliminates hidden sources of food waste. The program is organized around seven key pillars that include Process Documentation, Employee Commitment, Food Waste Monitoring, Food Handling Before Preparation, Food Preparation and Offering, Customer Engagement and Post Consumer Interaction. A third-party auditor reviews the work and awards a certification at the bronze, silver, gold, and all-star levels.

With a goal of zero waste sent to landfills, the program emphasizes waste prevention and landfill diversion, benefitting the restaurant, the community, and the environment. Restaurants typically see a 3-5% drop in food costs, surplus food will be shared with food rescue agencies, and food waste will be diverted to compost operations.

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Improve the Food System

Good policy and incentives can go a long way in diverting food from landfills. We offer local and state officials support in understanding how their work can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read our set of recommendations for eliminating food waste in Michigan at the state level here.

You can make a real difference by telling your state representative that you appreciate their efforts to stop food from going to waste in Michigan. Contact your state rep today