30,000 Pounds of Leftover Super Bowl Food Saved From Landfill and Donated to Charity
McKinley Corbley, Good News Network, Feb 10, 2020
Rather than rotting in a landfill, more than 30,000 pounds of leftover Super Bowl food are being used to feed hungry Floridians.
All the uneaten food from last week’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium has been donated to local shelters throughout southern Florida.
NFL Green organizers partnered with Centerplate and food recovery charity Food Rescue US in order to facilitate the massive volunteer mission throughout the week following Sunday’s game.
“We know food insecurity impacts one in seven people in the state of Florida,” said Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US. “Through our work with Centerplate and NFL Green, we can make sure excess food from Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center helps to feed individuals and families throughout Miami, while also not contributing to the growing food waste crisis in the U.S.”
The rescued food includes uneaten chicken wings, ribs, tenderloins, and charcuteries from concession stands and VIP booths.
The food is expected to feed 20,000 people after it is all successfully distributed between the Miami Rescue Mission, Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.
Food Rescue US Miami director Ellen Bowen told ESPN: “It’s a full volunteer job for everyone. We just want to help people in need. It’s amazing to see how much food there is that otherwise would have been thrown in the trash that can now feed so many people.”