GreenGov Presidential Award to VA Medical Center for Food Waste Prevention Program
On October 7th, the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced the eight winners of the 2010 GreenGov Presidential Awards.
The winner in the “Good Neighbor” category was the Nutrition and Food Services Team at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. They were recognized for the totality of their sustainability efforts, which include a food waste prevention program called Waste Watchers. From the news release:
Good Neighbor Award: Nutrition and Food Services Team, Department of Veterans Affairs, Martinsburg, W.Va. VA’s Martinsburg Medical Center’s Nutrition and Food Services’ Green Kitchen brought together local farmers, VA staff and veterans to bring healthy, locally grown foods from veteran-owned farming businesses to the cafeteria. This initiative decreased landfill food waste by 86 percent, contributed 265 pounds of weekly food donations to a non-profit veteran’s transitional housing group and increased collection of food waste for composting. In addition, the project’s efficient kitchen equipment and operations improved energy and water conservation.
LeanPath is proud to have partnered with the nutrition team in Martinsburg on their Waste Watchers effort. They use LeanPath food waste tracking tools to measure all pre-consumer food waste, and this has helped them reduce waste by over 80%.
Also view a TV news story detailing the food waste reduction strategies and successes in Martinsburg: “Extra Food Goes to Farmers, Non-Profits Instead of Garbage – Your4State.com“