Category Archives: Food Day 2014

Reducing food waste at MSU’s Blair-Shannon Dining Hall and feeding the hungry

On Monday, September 22, we began a pilot program thanks to a partnership between Missouri State University’s Dining Services, Ozarks Food Harvest and national organization, The Food Recovery Network.

Every year, the Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and the surrounding communities and donating it to people in need. Since September 2011, FRN has donated nearly 500,000 pounds of food.

MSU Ozarks Public Health Institute Student VolunteersStudents at MSU’s Ozarks Public Health Institute have formed a local FRN chapter and have recovered 269 pounds of ready-to-eat food from Blair-Shannon Dining Hall that could have otherwise gone to waste. The food is being donated to the South Side and Northview senior centers in Springfield, Missouri.  Types of food being recovered include fresh fruit, meats and beans, rice and pasta dishes as well as milk – all of which provide nutritious supplements to existing menus.

Our pilot program ended on October 17th, which lasted approximately four weeks. Since then, OPHI, Missouri State Dining Services and our partner agencies have collaborated to share stories, successes and the continuum of the program.

To learn more about the food recovery program pilot, join us tomorrow, October 24, at the MSU Plaster Student Union Food Day event.

Less-than-pretty food gets love, too!

Volunteers with Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team have been busy this summer rescuing excess food from local farms and gardens, as mentioned in a previous blog post. While not all of the food harvested was suitable to donate directly to the pantries, it was still edible. This includes tomatoes that may have a big split in the side or sweet potato parts and pieces that are too small to make up a full meal.

But, thanks to Amanda Owen at the Homegrown Food Hub, those less-than-pretty fruits and vegetables were turned into something scrumptious – keeping them from going to waste! Two items, Bruschetta and Sweet Potato Cupcakes, will be available to sample at the Food Day event tomorrow at Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union, in the 2nd floor atrium.

You’re invited to learn how many local organizations, producers and businesses are working together to establish ways to reduce food waste and create a value-added product.  Special thanks to the following partners for helping make this happen:

OFH Glean Team Volunteers
Homegrown Food Hub
The Artisan’s Oven
Urban Roots Farm
Ozark Mountain Creamery, LLC
McKaskle Family Farm, LLC

For more information about the MSU Food Day event tomorrow, click here.