The Los Angeles Board of Public Works’ Food Waste Task Force has launched the “Los Angeles Food Waste Grant Challenge,” with three administrative grants available of $15,000 each, and seven project grants being offered of $7,500 each.
The challenge is open to nonprofits, neighborhood councils and other organizations that can address the food waste challenge categories of prevention, donation, upcycled use (creative reuse) and composting. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards will be announced in mid-December, with projects tentatively scheduled to start on Jan. 22.
The program aims to increase public awareness about food waste prevention and recovery, and further innovation and community resources to help residents reduce food waste, recover surplus food and turn waste into a resource.
Administrative grants for “Food Waste Warriors” are available for nonprofits and neighborhood councils. Recipients will serve as technical assistants and facilitators for the project grantees, helping train applicants and providing feedback. They will also help project facilitators collect data, identify materials and supplies, and engage the community.
Additionally, they will engage the public to promote the #FreeTheFood challenge for households, businesses and community groups. Grantees are expected to garner individual, household and local business participation through online pledges and social media. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in food waste prevention, food donation, upcycled uses such as animal feed or fuel, and composting.
Project grants will be awarded to organizations and businesses that create programs to keep food out of landfills. The projects will be prototypes demonstrating how communities can implement programs to divert food from landfills.
Applicants must clearly articulate how they will measure impact in pounds of food diverted from landfills and the number of residents who participate. Projects must identify the current amount of current food waste in their area and create ways to track food waste reduction.
One third of the city’s waste is organic materials – mostly food. In landfills, food rots and emits methane gas. Over 40 percent of edible food moving through Los Angeles goes to waste, yet more than half a million Angelenos struggle with food insecurity. Combating food waste regenerates resources, saves money and feeds people.
For information, visit dpw.lacity.org/blog/los-angeles-food-waste-grant-challenge.
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