March 6, 2017

Wholesale produce mart puts zero waste on the menu for food charities

By Tara Duggan,  San Francisco Chronicle

March 3, 2017

Ebony Wilkerson’s eyes widen when she sees the cases of fresh portobello mushrooms and bunches of bright green organic cress with their roots still attached.

“You want to take something?” asks Carolyn Lasar, food recovery coordinator at the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, whose job is to get donations of produce that merchants can’t use to local organizations that feed the hungry.

“Yes!” says Wilkerson, who prepares 50 to 60 meals and snacks every day for homeless families at Catholic Charities in San Francisco. This is her first time getting donations at the market. Normally she has to sort through whatever she can find at the Food Bank and uses up her budget at Safeway or Costco. The quality here is so much better, with boxes of still-pristine Earthbound Farms organic salad greens and cauliflower that couldn’t be sold because of slight marking.

“I’m super excited,” she says. “ I can’t wait to do sweet-and-sour cauliflower.”

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