Joy’s is a little different from most places you will walk into. Whether you are receiving food or coming to serve for the first time, you will notice that the focus is on how we can all work together as a community in authentic and intentional ways.
Hunger is a fundamental insecurity that doesn’t have to exist. Food waste is an emergency that can’t be ignored. We can solve food insecurity in our local neighborhoods by leveraging an engaged community, block by block, neighbor by neighbor.
Every time you eat food from Joy’s, you ARE THE SOLUTION.
Every day in Colorado, 42% of all food in our retail chains (food system) becomes waste, primarily due to overproduction.
There is only so much room in a store that can hold all the choices we have come to expect for us at the ready. Fresh produce doesn’t always look perfect products sometimes don’t sell as expected. Consumers who require these choices are driving a consumer market that is disconnected and critical.
What happens to things that don’t get purchased? You guessed it. It is thrown away. Over 80 billion pounds of food a year are discarded in landfills in America. (https://nutritionconnect.org/resource-center/food-waste-america-2020-statistics-and-facts)
“More than a third of all food grown for human consumption in the United States never makes it to someone’s stomach, according to the nonprofit ReFED. That’s about $408 billion worth of food, grown on 18 percent of U.S. farmland with 4 trillion tons of water.
The Washington Post
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Joy’s Kitchen works on a micro level to combat food waste by cultivating relationships with food producers, growers, and retailers to develop strategic donation programs to save viable food from going to the trash. We recover between 6000-10,000 pounds of food each day, 6 days a week, with two trucks and two trailers. By distributing rescued food quickly, we effectively maintain continuity that prevents food waste, AND we can help reduce the ever-increasing problem of food insecurity.
Rescuing food that would otherwise end up in a landfill, we can save millions of pounds of food from causing further damage to the precious environment and provide nutritious food to our neighbors.
BRIDGING INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY AND FOOD RECOVERY = A HEALTHY AND FED PLANET AND PEOPLE.