Lloyd EcoDistrict and Portland Pedal Power are teaming up to promote upstream and downstream solutions to food waste and hunger with Lloyd Delivers.
Lloyd Delivers enables real choices that reduce waste and greenhouse gases, while fighting hunger in Portland. When companies participate, office and event managers are empowered to make important choices about how their food is catered and leftovers are used to benefit the community.
Over one-third of food produced is wasted globally, amounting to roughly 1.3 billion tons per year. Food and food packaging make up 45% of all materials in landfills, and food waste alone accounts for about 8% of global carbon emissions. Reducing food waste is the #3 way to reverse climate change.
Simultaneously, hunger affects over 14% of Oregonians. Hunger and poverty are complex issues which will not be solved with food donations alone, but providing food to those most in need is a step toward addressing these larger issues.
Lloyd EcoDistrict, Portland Pedal Power, eBay Foundation, and Move Food are partnering to expand the impact of this project in two phases. Phase one includes community outreach and education about how to make sustainable choices for in-office catering, and expanding Portland Pedal Power’s delivery and food donation services throughout the district. Phase two of this project will incorporate a simple-to-use app, Move Food, that connects available food donations with delivery volunteers and routes them to a place of need.
Portland Pedal Power offers companies superior catering choices for employee meetings and special events. All food is locally-sourced from a full range of Portland restaurants and bakeries. Meals are delivered with zero emissions using a fleet of cargo bikes.
Family style food packaging is the default option with Portland Pedal Power, eliminating the need for unnecessary packaging and waste. Leftover food can be donated to local charities: Portland Rescue Mission and New Avenues for Youth, and a portion of all sales are donated back to Lloyd EcoDistrict.
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