- Food vendors at the Boston Public Market, set to open July 30, will be able to give leftovers at the end of the day to the market's nonprofit food rescue partners, The Greater Boston Food Bank and Lovin' Spoonfuls.
- The donations will benefit local programs and restaurants, including The Daily Table in Dorchester, MA, "Community Tables" dinner at Haley House Bakery Café, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Boston Rescue Mission, Rosie's Place and the Pine Street Inn.
- Food scraps and other compostable material that is not donated will be composted through CERO, a Boston worker-owned cooperative.
Boston Public Market, which bills itself as "a year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh, locally sourced food," is addressing the massive issue of food waste that is troubling the entire waste industry. There are 36 million tons of food waste produced each year in the U.S., therefore these food "recycling" and composting initiatives are crucial for sustainability.
"We appreciate our partnerships with the Boston Public Market, grocers, restaurants, growers and gleaners as we all join together to build prosperous sustainable communities," said Lor Holmes, a worker-owner at CERO.