HOW NOT TO WASTE EVENT LEFTOVER FOODby Kate Gruszka,
No matter how tasty, beautifully served or expensive is your catering. You will probably end up with tons of event leftover food when the meeting is over. Getting the best cook won’t help much. It just the way it is and there is no effective way to avoid such situation. That is why you should be prepared and have a backup plan. Do not throw it all away. What are my 5 tips?
SELECT THE LEFTOVERS YOU WANT TO SHARE
First of all, decide which food is still suitable for donation. Do not give away any inedible leftovers. You need to decide if they could be eaten the day after. Remember that charity is about respecting each other as human beings. In the end, you do not want to cause food poisoning. In order make it all happen, do not forget to inform the venue and catering staff about your donation plans. This will make everyone thinking about a final goal during and after the event.
MAKE A LIST OF FOOD RESCUE TEAMS IN YOUR AREA
There are plenty of non-profit organizations around the world that are able to manage food donations for you. You do not have to do much. Just remember to contact them in advance. They need to schedule transport and make arrangements with the place of destination. A perfect example of such institution is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. They operate in 12 cities across the United States. How does it work? There are 3 ways to collaborate. You can either donate money or money. The third option is to become a volunteer. Do not hesitate and make a list of such organizations in your country.
CONTACT HOMELESS SHELTERS DIRECTLY
You are the best organizer yourself. Why not give it a go and plan everything on your own? You could choose the place that is closest to your heart and donate over there directly with the help of your event staff or catering company. There might be some small local initiative food rescue teams do not know about. It might give you greater satisfaction and the certainty that your leftovers have reached destination timely.
SIGN UP TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA FOOD SHARING GROUPS
There are special groups of local people that organize themselves via social media. The idea is to give out any excess food you have and receive some when you are in need. Such groups operate as eco-friendly organizations. The idea behind is not necessarily helping the poor but also reducing food waste.
SPREAD THE NEWS
When the conference is over and the food has reached a chosen location remember to communicate this to the world. This will encourage other companies to follow a similar plan. By giving your testimony you set the new standards for food rescuing in your industry. Such activity may also appeal to your potential clients. It shows that you are resourceful and thoughtful.