When food-obsessed college students Ben Chesler and Ben Simon learned that 75% of colleges were throwing out excess food at the end of each day, they decided to start the Food Recovery Network. Before they knew it, there were 300 chapters on campuses across the U.S.
Then they learned that farms throw out 20% of their produce simply because it doesn’t meet certain aesthetic standards. Eggs come out too small or apples are deemed too beaten up for the grocery stores, and they typically find their way into landfills. Chesler and Simon knew they had to do something. With just a forklift, a warehouse, and a mission to eliminate food waste and bring people fresh, affordable groceries, they founded Imperfect Foods. Since 2015, Imperfect Foods has been saving perfectly good produce, dairy, and pantry staples from around the world and delivering them straight to doorsteps, all for about 30% cheaper than national supermarket chains. So far, Imperfect Foods has saved over 100 million pounds of food, and they deliver high-quality, sustainably-sourced grocery items to more than 200,000 customers across 43 states every week.
From blood oranges to bell peppers to pantry staples like coffee and pasta, Imperfect Foods is improving access to wholesome, affordable groceries, and they want you to join their movement. Watch the Imperfect Foods team in action and donate to Food Shift to help nourish like-minded organizations working to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone.
Help nourish like-minded organizations working to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone.
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