Leaders in the Arkansas food industry gathered in Fayetteville Monday to focus on how to reduce food waste and promote sustainable practices.
The event, co-sponsored by Chartwells, targeted not only the needs of the environment, but also the needs of local business owners.
People from various parts of the food industry participated, from accountants on the tax benefits and incentives to law professionals speaking on the protections companies get by donating food to community partners.
“One thing people don’t realize is the effect that food waste [has] on the community, as well as the high food insecurity rates within the Fayetteville area itself,” said Carter Cole, Razorback Food Recovery intern. “This one small range has insanely high food insecurity rates as opposed to the rest of the Arkansas area.”
Razorback Food Recovery, the host of the event, consistently gathers extra food on the University of Arkansas campus and distributes it to those in need.