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Absolutely, this is relevant! Any way that we can identify a waste of food is something to focus on. Any kind of gathering from festivals, concerts, or parties alike have unused food. This could be considered as donated food and that can be tracked. This can be added to any workflow and/or predictive model concerning food banks.
From personal experience at volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank, we would receive the imperfect produce from local grocery stores and repack that food for families in need. This is just the produce though. This is a portion of what might be discarded. Any way we can decrease the amount of food is a good thing.
I'd love to hear how others are approaching this issue too.
I just wanted to reach out to everyone on this thread to let you know that we are planning another training for the Food Bank community! We do not have a firm date yet, but we targeting the last week of September. Please stay tuned for details on that.
Additionally, we now have a Food Bank tag for our posts so please use that and search on that to find the content specific to this discussion group. I hope you all are doing well and let's keep the momentum going!
The Alter Everything Podcast has just released a new episode featuring @chriswilliams41! Chris shared SO much information about data at food banks, ways spatial can take your analysis to the next level, and overall it'll leave you inspired about the amazing work that food banks do for communities.
If you're looking to inspire your teams to get involved with food banks, or if you already work with a food bank and want to empower your colleagues to think like a data custodian, be sure to send this episode their way.
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Enjoyed the podcast and it is timely. I am looking forward to speaking with Chris and discussing ways to get this to the local region. There are many food banks here but not all gathering data at the granularity needed to do the analysis I saw in the video series and heard on this podcast. So raising the awareness and creating a standardized approach and templates to help these organizations start thinking in terms of gathering their operations data which can then be used for analysis and improving their processes and contributing to their success.