Rescued Healthy Groceries Feed the Food Insecure

Daily Table collects excess healthy food and sells it as convenient and affordable meals and groceries to Boston’s food insecure.

Daily Table is a retail grocery store that brings aff ordable groceries and healthy prepared meals to Dorchester, a Boston neighborhood typically underserved by healthy food options. Daily Table is able to off er low prices by using produce that is either in excess supply, near its expiration date, or cosmetically blemished, but is nutritionally sound. Using this recovered food lowers costs, making it possible to off er tasty, nutritious, ready-to-eat meals at prices competitive with unhealthy options such as fast food.
The food is provided by a large network of growers, distributors, manufacturers, and other, mostly local, suppliers, who donate their excess healthy food, or provide special buying opportunities for Daily Table.

Relevance of solution

Nearly 15% of American households were food insecure at some point during 2014, yet morethan one-third of adults in the USA are obese or overweight.1,2 All the more troubling is the fact that every year 60 million tons of food is wasted in the USA 3 at the consumer and retailer levels. By utilizing the 30% to 40% of food that normally goes to waste, Daily Table is helping to solve these intertwined challenges.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

Within eight months of its launch, Daily Table had recovered approximately 272,155 kg of food that would otherwise have been wasted.

Social

By increasing access to affordable excess produce, Daily Table helps reduce food insecurity while promoting healthy eating habits.

Economic

Eliminating food waste can save up to $162 billion a year just in the USA.4


Sources

  1. USDA. “Food Insecurity in the U. S.” (2015.)
  2. CDC. ”Adult Obesity Facts.” (2015.)
  3. USDA. “Food Loss: Questions about the Amount and Causes Still Remain” (2014.)
  4. USDA. “Food Loss: Questions about the Amount and Causes Still Remain” (2014.)