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Santa Barbara County Food Rescue : a CEC program

Reduce food waste at home

Compost at your home and place of business with these regional resources

Even applying compost to your garden plot helps pull carbon out of the air on a small-scale and diverts your food waste from the landfill, keeping methane (one of the most potent greenhouse gases) out of the atmosphere. Each ton of food waste diverted from the landfill results in 17.5 metric tons of avoided Co2 emissions – equivalent to taking 45 cars off the road. See these resources for regional composting programs and subsidized worm bins for your home:


Food Security in Higher Education

UC Santa Barbara, Allan Hancock College, Santa Barbara City College, and Westmont University are partnering up in an innovative, heartfelt effort to tackle a problem most are unaware of: widespread food insecurity among college students. Each campus has bolstered existing healthy food programs for students, which range from meal vouchers and complementary food pantries to community gardens and culinary demonstrations.

Saving Prepared Food

Where Has The Food Gone?

Forty percent of the food that is produced in the United States goes to waste along the production chain even as a significant portion of the population continues to go hungry. Food waste is an issue that affects all, as the decomposition of food waste in landfills releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, making it a major contributor to climate change. Where Has the Food Gone? examines the consequences of food waste, how to reduce it, how food can be repurposed, and the groups in Santa Barbara that are making these changes happen.

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