CCNB’s Zero Waste team continues to find new services to offer our communities while teaching corpsmembers marketable job skills. Thanks to a Food Waste Prevention and Rescue grant awarded to longtime partner Zero Waste Sonoma from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments, CCNB will significantly expand food recovery services in Sonoma County, resulting in an estimated 705,200 pounds of food rescued and 561 metric tons of CO2 reduced over the two-year grant term.
This partnership will prepare some of Sonoma County’s largest food generators (like supermarkets, food service providers, wholesalers, and food distributors) to meet California’s 2025 goal to redirect 20% of edible food currently thrown away to feed people in need instead. Additionally, it will also create a new job-training pathway for corpsmembers delivering donated food to local food recovery organizations, starting with the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). Corpsmembers and their supervisors will earn Safe Food Handling certificates and receive paid, on-the-job training to learn about data collection and delivery logistics from REFB. In return, CCNB will provide REFB with a grant-funded workforce to help offset the food bank’s pandemic-related labor shortage.