- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Leftover food from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has become a welcome arrival at a nearby food bank.

As part of the airport’s efforts to eliminate waste, leftover food is donated every day to the Des Moines Food Bank, which feeds thousands of families every day, KING 5 News (https://is.gd/hjQnK00) reports.

“The last thing we want to do is throw away food we worked really hard to produce,” said Chris Keaton, senior food and beverage operations manager for HMS Host.

HMS Host produces sandwiches sold at shops in the airport. The “Mile High Turkey Clubs” are packaged up and sold at Dish D’lish. To provide travelers the freshest product, those sandwiches can sit on the shelves for only 24 hours.

They take the food that doesn’t sell and leave it in a collection refrigerator. Every day, boxes of food are picked up and delivered to the Des Moines Area Food Bank, which feeds thousands of people out of a church basement every month.

“To have salads and sandwiches, something that is really nutritious, is nice,” said Kris Van Gasken, the food bank’s executive director. “It fills the gaps that we don’t get from our other donors.”

Along with donating intact leftover food, the airport composts 400 tons of food scraps a year, said Jeremy Webb, the airport’s environmental program manager.

“We save almost $300,000 a year in avoided disposal fees and recycling revenue,” Webb said. “So it’s a win-win situation. We reduce our waste to landfill, we save money, and we also contribute to the community.”


Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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