“It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year” But that’s not the case for everyone, and unfortunately, there are many people in great need, both physically and mentally. And when it comes to food, there is a whole supply chain trying to help feed people in need. In the US, there are around
This is one of my favorite topics too!! The https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/6251 protects businesses that donate from the liability and that incentivizes them to opt for the donation route rather than discarding the produce. Like https://secondservingshouston.org/ in Houston, TX, there are non profit organizations that have partnered with business (in particular small business in the food industry) to handle that liability issue until now. Such volunteer run organizations are still very relevant and needed as part of the reverse logistics supply chain eco system as the big problem and need is in having an uber like solution connecting the demand (soup kitchens and churches) and supply (food related business including grocery stores) and having efficiency in collecting, moving and delivering the donations in timely manner and before the end of life to avoid having to dump the donations after all that effort.
Running such organizations doesn't happen with ease and they too need support and infrastructural growth and stability to sustain the critical role they play. And more importantly, there aren't enough of them. Overall, these are the right steps to create and grow the secondary consumption space and bring more participants. I am sure that if the business case for investing in technology in the primary space can become more attractive, then there is technology that enables fresh produce inventory management that can tighten the intake of perishables relative to the inventory turns. Lets keep chipping away at this problem. Great post!!