Uprooting Food Waste
When Coloradans Ciara Low, Maggie Brown and Dave Laskarzewski learned that 10.1 million tons of produce are left unharvested every year in the United States, they wanted to change that statistic. The trio collaborated with Impact Charitable to put a dent in Colorado’s leftover crops by forming UpRoot, a nonprofit gleaning and redistribution program. In addition to reducing resource waste, UpRoot’s efforts provide access to fresh, local, wholesome food, as well as experiential education for volunteers, who ensure that the region’s abundance is accessible to those in need. “If you have respect for food, and the process of growing it, then there will be a lot less waste,” says Laskarzewski. To make a donation, visit UpRootColorado.org.