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URI launches community education effort to address food squander, access | Westerly

KINGSTON — The College of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension is wanting for volunteers for its new software, Food items Recovery for Rhode Island, to address the concerns of meals waste and food insecurity. The system aims to rescue and recycle food stuff by transforming the way Rhode Islanders shop, shop, put together, maintain, and compost.

“About 100,000 kilos of wasted food enters the Johnston landfill just about every 12 months, and nevertheless 25 p.c of Rhode Islanders seasoned meals insecurity last year,” explained Vanessa Venturini, who is coordinating the software. “Food Recovery for Rhode Island will engage a new team of volunteers to find out new competencies, share superior strategies, and consider action to fortify the neighborhood food stuff system.”

Volunteers will enroll in a 6-7 days program on meals restoration and then full a 40-hour volunteer internship with a group firm. The program will be held on the internet with complimentary subject activities on farms and in kitchens throughout Rhode Island. Through the internship, volunteers will divert squandered food stuff from the landfill and donate wholesome meals to community family members.

“Volunteers will get competencies in canning, freezing, composting, food preparation and storage, neighborhood engagement, and extra,” stated Amanda Missimer, U.R.I. scientific assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences, who co-launched the system and is developing the training course.

The deadline to utilize for the application is Sunday, Aug. 1. Price for the system and education supplies is $200, and monetary awards are obtainable. For far more information and facts, take a look at internet.uri.edu/coopext/foodrecovery or e-mail Vanessa Venturini at [email protected]

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