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15550-D Rockfield Blvd. Irvine, CA 92618 - United States


Waste Not OC

The Waste Not OC Coalition (WNOC) is a public-private partnership conceived by the Orange County Public Health Officer, Eric Handler, M.D., MPH, FAAP, and Mark Lowry, Director of the Orange County Food Bank, with the goal of eliminating hunger and reducing food waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food from food producing facilities to local pantries. The Coalition is reaching out, educating, and partnering with foodservice distributors/operators and retailers to donate their surplus food to local food banks and pantries, thus reducing food waste in landfills. The overall vision of the Coalition is to end hunger in Orange County using a three pronged approach: educating the community about food donations, identifying food insecure individuals, and connecting those individuals to sources of food. From June 2014 to August 2015 the Coalition recovered 118 tons of surplus food or approximately 197,000 meals.