Scottsdale City Councilwoman Solange Whitehead has joined the board of Waste Not, an Arizona food rescue and distribution organization.
Additionally, Jenny Holsman Tetrealt has been elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the board effective July 1. Whitehead and Tetrealt are joined by Rachel Monti, another new board member, along with six returning participants:
For more than 30 years, Waste Not has been reimagining and reinventing the food rescue process in Arizona. Through partnerships with Valley businesses and other nonprofit organizations, they rescue perishable food before it goes to waste and deliver it directly to their network of nonprofits serving to those in need, according to a press release.
“Throwing away food is like stealing off the tables and plates of those that are hungry in our community. It is an honor to be a part of the Waste Not team, along with our partners, as we commit to putting quality food that would have gone to waste back onto the tables and plates of those who need it most,” said Tetreault. “By reimagining what is possible for food rescue, Waste Not is making our community and our planet healthier. Our board, staff, volunteers, non-profit partners, and the community, make Waste Not an incredible community asset and I am thrilled to be a part of this strategic team.”
In the midst of the pandemic, Waste Not launched MealConnect, its newest food rescue initiative, which allows the food service industry to effortlessly donate surplus food at no cost.
Donations are seamlessly picked up and delivered by Waste Not’s team of volunteer drivers. To date, this exciting program has delivered more than 40,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity, the press release stated.
“As a Councilwoman, I am focused on protecting our most vulnerable citizens and our environment and teaming up with Waste Not is a perfect fit,” Whitehead said.
“The simple act of rescuing food solves a myriad of complex problems that Scottsdale is facing such as food insecurity, climate change, and drought. Wasted food is a significant contributor to all three and is filling up the landfill, too. Waste Not’s impressive track record represents just a fraction of food that should be rescued and enjoyed. I am looking forward to helping make that happen.”