Every Bite Counts
What is Every Bite Counts?
Every Bite Counts (EBC) is focused on reducing food waste on UNO's campus and raising awareness about food insecurities in the
- Food recovery
In October 2017, EBC joined The Campus Kitchens Project, the leading national nonprofit empowering students to fight hunger and food waste. Through this affiliation, the student organization gains access to grant opportunities and best practices being implemented by universities across the nation in regards to food waste and food insecurities.
Food Recovery Organization
EBC works to recover edible food otherwise thrown away for the purpose of giving back to underserved individuals, especially youth, in our surrounding community. The primary area of focus is on recovering food from catered events held in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, The College of Public Administration & Community Service, and the Milo Bail Student Center.
EBC organizes a network of volunteers to collaborate in collecting and redistributing food to the nonprofit organization Youth Emergency Services (YES). Hours spent on collecting, packaging, and delivering food will count for community service hours.
The primary focus of our work is to bring awareness to food waste as a significant issue on campus and nationwide. Food waste is a social, environmental, economic, and ethical issue in need of support.
Who is EBC helping?
Why is this important?
- In Nebraska, 1 in 5 children
arenot sure where their next meal is coming from.
- 20% of Nebraska’s children are at risk for hunger.
- 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 goes to bed hungry every night in Omaha.
- Food comprises 17% of Nebraska’s municipal solid waste stream; making it the 3rd largest contributor to landfill waste in the state and 1st in Omaha
- 25-40% of food grown, processed, and transported in the US will never be consumed.
- An estimated 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in America each year.