Website to connect people with unwanted produce starts in Sacramento

A new program is starting up in Sacramento that will connect people to unwanted produce. (September 14, 2016)

A website to connect people with unwanted produce is launching in Sacramento.

"People found it to be acceptable that so much food goes to waste in our communities when so many people need that food," said Cropmobster founder Nick Papadopoulos.

It's described as a Craigslist for growers, food businesses and other people to get, and get rid of, unwanted produce. 

The website is free to use and has been up for a few years, but it's now available in Sacramento.

"Millions of pounds of food have found a home whether in stomachs or hungry people or rerouted from the landfill from pig farmers," Papadopoulos said.

We reached out to the Sacramento Food Bank which could benefit. 

"We work with grocery stores all throughout the county and manufacturers and have some great relationships with farmers," said Erik Kintzel, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. 

"Anyone can benefit there are so many uses," Papadopoulos said. "Anyone can post an alert. It could be lemons in your backyard, it could be a gardener who needs compost."

Roxy Restaurant and Bar in Sacramento already follows the Farm-to-Fork movement and the executive chef, Danny Origel, says a website like this goes along with their mindset to not waste food. 

 

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