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How Henry Hosea House is Turning Food Rescue into a Force for Good



At Henry Hosea House, our mission to feed the hungry is deeply intertwined with our commitment to environmental stewardship. We're thrilled to share that our community's efforts have not gone unnoticed—Henry Hosea House has been nominated for an award by Last Mile Food Rescue for our significant achievements in reducing food waste and supporting those in need in Cincinnati. This nomination is a testament to our entire community's hard work and dedication.


Understanding the Impact of Food Waste

Food waste is a serious environmental issue that also contributes to persistent hunger. When food is discarded, it often ends up in landfills, decomposing and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide. This contributes significantly to climate change. Additionally, the resources expended to produce, transport, and store food are wasted when that food is not consumed.


Our Proactive Approach to Food Rescue

At Henry Hosea House, we actively combat food waste by rescuing and repurposing food that would otherwise be discarded. Our partnerships with local grocers, restaurants, and farmers help us salvage food near its sell-by date or surplus to requirements but still perfectly safe and nutritious to eat. This effort feeds those in need, conserves environmental resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Our team rescued over 56,000 pounds of food last year alone. This initiative goes beyond feeding the hungry—it underscores our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable community development.


The Broader Benefits of Our Food Rescue Efforts


Our food rescue operations yield several important environmental benefits:

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gases: By keeping food out of landfills, we significantly cut down on methane emissions, directly combating climate change.

  • Conserving Resources: The food we save helps to conserve the water, energy, and labor that went into producing it. This amplifies the environmental benefits of each meal served.

  • Supporting Local Ecosystems: By reducing the demand for excessive food production, we alleviate pressure on local ecosystems, promoting healthier soils and more sustainable agricultural practices.



How You Can Join Us in This Heartfelt Mission

We invite everyone to join us in our efforts to combat food waste and create a sustainable future:

  • Donate or Volunteer: Food, time, or resource contributions are invaluable to our operations and enable us to continue making a significant impact.

  • Educate and Share: Share information with friends and family to raise awareness about the importance of food rescue. Increased awareness can inspire collective action.

  • Compost: If you have food scraps that can’t be donated, consider composting them. This reduces waste and helps enrich the soil.

  • Advocate for Change: Support policies that promote food rescue and sustainability. Your advocacy can help shape the better future of our community and planet.


Our nomination by Last Mile Food Rescue is exciting and inspiring. It reflects our shared dedication to alleviating immediate hunger and addressing broader environmental issues. By supporting Henry Hosea House, you're not just contributing to feeding those in need today—you're helping to ensure a healthier, more sustainable world for future generations. Join us in this heartfelt and impactful mission. Together, we can continue to make a real difference from plate to planet.

 

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