Merchants at Amtrak's 30th Street Station Begin Making Food Donations to Local Food Cupboards

Nov 19, 2013 8 years ago

Through a partnership with Amtrak, the SHARE Food Program and the US Environmental Protection Agency, several merchants of Amtrak's 30th Street Station food court, including Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Jersey Mike's Subs, Wendy's, Dunkin Donuts and Au Bon Pain are now making regular donations to local food cupboards. This food will go towards feeding families in University City instead of ending up in landfills and trash compactors. These merchants join a larger effort to reduce food waste through UCD's University City Food Recycling Project.

This program redirects surplus food towards neighborhood food cupboards, pantries and soup kitchens, or to local composting facilities, producing organic compost that helps to grow nutritious food here in the neighborhood. Linda Frankel, Real Estate Director with Amtrak said "Wasted food has economic, environmental, and social impacts. Much of this "waste" is not waste at all, but actually safe, wholesome food that can make a difference in the SHARE program. I encouraged our merchants to consider participating in this program and to make it a part of their daily operations, Amtrak encourages involvement in our community in these challenging economic times."