Five years ago I was shocked to discover active military families lined up for hours to get food from charity in San Diego. That was the first time I became aware of who the new face of hunger is and the staggering statistics about food insecurity. One in five Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from, yet 96 billion pounds of good food rot in landfills annually. I found it outrageous that precious resources, like food, are needlessly wasted, filling dumpsters and producing methane gas pollution, thus hurting our environment. Since I was 12, I have been working to change the paradigm of needless commercial food waste and, in the process, it has shaped who I am. Having a good idea isn’t enough, it’s more about creating collaborations, inspiration, empowerment, and having a tenacious attitude in overcoming obstacles. I’ve learned so much about hunger, the environment, and that young people really can make a difference. Teens care about helping the environment and the hungry, but both issues can seem overwhelmingly large and insurmountable. One of my greatest motivations for Donate Don’t Dump was to provide an easy way for young people to get involved and help shape the future we will inherit. From elementary schools to universities, we create opportunities for young people to get involved. We create ripples of change that I hope will become a tidal wave similar to the recycling movement and in the process alleviate hunger and help the environment. We need your help! Please consider getting involved to make change happen. Contact us for more information. You can make a difference at any age.
If you care about the hungry, the environment, and needless food waste; please support companies that donate their short dated or surplus food to food banks! As a customer you have the opportunity to influence companies to end food waste.
Want to help the hungry? The North County Food Bank gets all it’s food from fresh rescue donations from grocers, growers, and food companies. Last year they saved over 2,000,000 pounds of food. This holiday season your donations can help the hungry and the environment!
The holidays are a time that many Americans give thanks for all they have and consider those less fortunate. Please also consider the environmental impact your donation can make. Our partner, the North County Food Bank, provides the hungry with healthy fresh food donated by grocers, growers, and food companies. Last year the North County Food bank rescued over 2,000,000 pounds of food that otherwise would have been dumped into landfills.
Our Partner, Tribes for Christ at the La Jolla Indian Reservation is in need of gently used blankets, coats, and sweaters. Please contact us for donation pick up or go online to Tribes4Christ.com to make direct donation.
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“FOOD FOR THOUGHT Seventeen-year-old-Gabrielle Posard is the founder of Donate Don’t Dump, enlisting impressive clients like Whole Foods and Mamma Chia to help reduce food waste and combat hunger. – See more at: http://www.modernluxury.com/riviera-san-diego/story/the-givers#sthash.DLQfIIGp.dpuf
THE GIRL WONDER
Gabrielle Posard’s bedroom has the typical teenage trappings: posters of her favorite band (The Smiths) and scattered pics of friends and family. Well, except that client checklist on the desk for her charity, Donate Don’t Dump, started when she was 12 (?!). The organization has since been featured in People and recently won her a President’s Environment Youth Award, complete with a trip to the White House. “I just have a problem with inefficiencies,” says Posard, who signs her work emails “Founder & Big Cheese.” “I saw that there was a huge amount of food waste and people who needed that food, so, to me, that’s a solvable problem.” Whole Foods? Check. Albertsons? Check. Mamma Chia and the North County Food Bank? They’re all jumping on board with the Donate Don’t Dump program, which takes food that would have otherwise ended up in a dumpster and donates it to food banks. “It’s such an easy concept that I was surprised no one else was really doing it,” says Posard, who was inspired to start DDD after her big sister made a documentary about hunger. “At the end of the day, it’s good PR for the people who are donating and they get a tax write-off.” Posard has left her mark on every aspect of her charity, even designing DDD’s logo, a clever take on the cyclical recycling emblem. But nonetheless, when she first started DDD, CEOs and execs were understandably skeptical when she would arrive for meetings. “It wasn’t easy at first. I’m taking meetings with people who are working in the business world, and here I come, this short little kid, asking them to redo their business policies. I’m pretty sure at one of the meetings one of the guys in charge patted me on the head, so there was a struggle to get people to take me seriously.” Now those same execs are desperately trying to get a meeting with her when she’s not speaking with senators in Sacramento, where she’s trying to get the DDD program into all the Cal State schools. Even with college on the horizon, she has other philanthropic ventures in mind. “I’ve had my life planned out since I was 9. I want to get into clean energy next. I don’t think I could do anything in the future that wasn’t helping others.” Still, she has to finish high school first. “It used to be my secret charity life, but now everybody knows,” she says through laughter. “It’s so big that my classmates’ parents ask them if they know me.”
We are proud to participate in the USDA Food Waste Challenge and would like to invite more organizations join!
Recently a Youth Leadership UNESCO Project asked for a video about Donate Don’t Dump. As we don’t have a self produced official video we shared video stories done by student and professional news organizations. One of the news story they liked best was produced by VMSTV, a middle school broadcast program! Again- regardless of your age and experience you can make a difference!