There are many factors that contribute to food waste in America – so many factors that we’re now up to $165 billion in food waste per year. When we started Trifecta Ecosystems, we knew that we had to work on combating this worldwide issue on a local level. We had to immediately focus our attention on waste in Connecticut’s market, and what we could do to impact the problem here at home before trying to become heroes of the entire world (we’re working on this, don’t worry).
That’s when we created our “Buy-One Give-One” CSA program, which allowed members to purchase a weekly share of farm fresh veggies, herbs, microgreens, and more for themselves, while donating another share to our local food system. We knew we needed to find a way to make sure that our sustainably grown food wasn’t being added to the food waste equation, while also benefitting the community around us in as many ways as possible. Today, we’re finally able to donate to a food bank that will impact our hometown of Meriden and make a difference for members of our own community!
“Operation Pantry”, run by New Opportunities of Greater Meriden (NOGM), provides a three-day supply of non-perishable foods to more than 150 needy Meriden residents – that’s over 1,300 meals for our community alone! With our Buy-One Give-One donations, we were able to donate over 100 heads of lettuce to these families – thats over 200 oz. of lettuce to be made into salads and enjoyed. A huge shoutout and thank you to our BOGO members – Andy, Margaret, David, Bernie, and June – who made this donation possible with their purchase!
We couldn’t be happier to make an impact on Meriden residents and Connecticut as a whole – and we aim to fight food waste with even more donations in the future. In fact, our new WeeklyHarvest food subscription program donates 10% of each share per month to the United Way of Meriden-Wallingford (more on that later…), which will help local community centers thrive!
Stay tuned for more exciting news from this partnership with New Opportunities, and other steps we’re taking towards impacting food waste through CT, the nation, and the world.