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josh commented on The DC Food Recovery Working Group Model

Hello Brian,

Thanks for reaching out.  The whole purpose of this proposal is to make a scaleable, proven public template for any city, even Hong Kong, to organize food recovery efforts.  If we get this funding opportunity, or if not and we get another grant to help us finish the model, we'll be happy to share this template model with your group.  I'd love to hear more about the gamification you have in mind.  Our first step is to setup the food runner program and prove it can work in any city.  After that we would love to hear about different ways to improve incentives.  Thanks!

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josh commented on The DC Food Recovery Working Group Model

Thanks Dhananjay for the response.  We actually formed the working group almost a year ago with over 30 organizations working on food recovery in DC.  Read about our working group and accomplishments on our website https://dcfoodrecovery.wordpress.com/  There was a lot of challenges creating a citywide cooperative volunteer governance system but we eventually created a successful and effective working group over the last year and we're hoping with this funding proposal we can complete the last of our city wide programs and eventually package a working group template, based on the lessons we learned and systems and programs we developed, to help other cities overcome the challenges of starting their own food recovery working groups to organize city wide food recovery efforts.  

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josh commented on The DC Food Recovery Working Group Model

Good question!  We have several programs through our food recovery working group to help recover groceries.  We developed a DC Food Recovery Resource Guide that helps people and grocery stores identify where to donate their extra food.  If we get the funding for this proposal we'll be able to launch Community Plates' food runner app which will help provide transportation for grocery stores who want to donate but don't have capacity to transport the donated food.  And we have a business incentive subgroup that is reaching out to food businesses like local grocery stores with incentives such as tax breaks, liability protection (Good Samaritan Law), and the Food Recovery Network certification program which will help bring conscious customers to grocery stores that donate food.  Our hope is to have a significant food donation increase in food businesses like grocery stores next year.  And we're capturing all our resources, subgroup structures, collaborative templates, etc to be public for other cities to have successful food recovery working groups.