Table to Table is a program based in Iowa that utilizes the transportation aspect of the supply train – truck drivers – to reduce food waste. Truck drivers report food abundance and work with T2T to transport the excess food to partner warehouses where they can offload products. Table to Table can later cycle these foods into their food pantries. T2T program director Nicki Ross explains that the supply chain is not set up to reduce food waste; logistics miscommunications during transportation, incorrect packaging that isn’t caught until after delivery, or damaged products during transportation all resort to a product ending up as waste. Truck drivers often find the nearest landfill to dump the now unsellable product. Despite many of these issues, the product is still edible and nutritious, just not available for sale. The goal for T2T is to meet the drivers halfway so as not to waste time or resources. This helps truck drivers feel less wasteful of their mileage on the return trip as the product is still getting delivered. An example the article uses is a retailer turned away 600 lbs of prime ribeye because it was from a brand that the grocer did not sell. T2T was able to distribute the food to people in the area. Programs like Table to Table have diverted an unsustainable supply chain to a sustainable way of reducing waste and hunger.
Truckers In Iowa Help Rescue Food Waste
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