Rescuing wasted food to fight hunger

The food comes from places like Illinois supermarket chain Jewel-Osco. If something in their pristine produce section is less than perfect, it'll be donated instead of discarded.

Last year, the store gave away more than 7 million pounds of food.

"We're in the richest county in Illinois, and yet one in five kids will go hungry sometime this year," said Pete Schaefer, who runs the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

So while some people would see a bruised banana and toss it away, Shaefer said, "Well, if that's the only fruit or vegetable you'll see that week, you're not looking at the bruise. You're looking at a little piece from heaven right there."

And Schaefer believes it's even more than that - that we can actually beat hunger by watching what we waste. Instead of this going to landfill it just goes to hungry neighbors."

"Do you think if we really put our minds to it that wasted food could translate into nobody going hungry?" Smith asked.

"Absolutely," he replied. "It's not going to be easy. It's going to take more trucks, more drivers, more diesel fuel. This is not an easy operation by any means, and I don't mean to present it as such. But it's solvable.

"We just need the community coming together."


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