SWALCO - Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, First Newsletter

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July 20, 2017

IFSC’ s First Newsletter

IFSC newsletter 2017

What started in 2012 with a small group of motivated people has grown beyond our wildest dreams.

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) which is now registered as a non-profit with 101 members and 7 partners, and a 15-member board of directors. This is IFSC’s first newsletter which is in response to a survey of the members who asked that we provide a newsletter to augment the general membership calls. We plan on doing two newsletters a year to share what we are doing and to expand the outreach and message of the IFSC. Essential to IFSC’s success in growing food scrap diversion programs has been the hard work and collaboration of the members who represent a broad spectrum of public and private sector entities. We must continue to expand our network and to have members take an active role in the Coalition. The newsletter contains updates from IFSC’s seven standing sub-committees, please consider joining one, and further strengthen the Coalition. The IFSC Board has entered strategic alliances that we believe will enhance our mission, including alliances with Illinois’ community colleges via their IL Green Economy Network (IGEN), and the IL Restaurant Association. The Board also has agreed to begin the process of forming an IL Chapter under the U.S. Composting Council, which will be of great benefit to our private sector composting partners and for increasing demand for high quality final compost product in IL.

Several Board members are also active with Chicago food recovery organizations and working jointly with them to increase food recovery programs and food scrap diversion. Awareness of the amount of food that is wasted is increasing, and given the impact wasted food has on Earth’s resources, it must be reduced.

SAVE THE DATE!  Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Compost Summit on November 3, 2017

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