Can you believe that approximately 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted? Food waste is central to some of the critical challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing, and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans.
That’s why as a global leader in foodservice, Compass Group USA created Stop Food Waste Day in 2017. As we get ready for this year’s SFWD celebrations on April 27th, 2022, we’d like to share some ways we’re reducing food waste at Morrison Healthcare and also give you some tips on how you can help reduce food waste in your home.
Waste Not & Waste Not 2.0 – The Waste Not tool was developed by Compass – specifically for Compass accounts – to track, measure, and reduce food waste at the unit level to save on hauling costs, production costs, and food waste. In September 2020, Morrison Healthcare began using Waste Not 2.0, which uses kitchen-friendly technology, making it easier to track online. Through this program, we track and report food waste at each hospital location; the tracking insights help identify opportunities for diverting food waste away from landfills.
Morrison uses predictive forecasting to prepare the right amount of food each day, however, on days where we might have food that goes uneaten, thanks to Waste Not 2.0, our hospitals now donate these items to people in need. Waste Not 2.0 also provides insight on how to avoid overproduction in the future. We encourage our associates to begin a Food Donation Program, where they can help gain control of surplus food, which helps to control food cost, run our hospital foodservice efficiently and sustainably, and deepen relationships with our community.