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MONDAY: EPA Co-Hosts First National Food Recovery Summit in Charleston, S.C.

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Federal, state, faith, corporate and non-profit leaders plan how to meet new national goal to cut wasted food in half by 2030

Washington, D.C. -- The first national Food Recovery Summit will take place next week in Charleston, S.C. Inspired by the national goal announced by EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut wasted food in half by 2030, partners from all facets of the food industry, recycling and disposal organizations — along with federal agencies, universities, non-profits and other key leaders — will roll up their sleeves and get to work on how to make this goal a reality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is co-hosting the Summit along with the Southeast Recycling Development Council, BioCycle, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, will kick off the Summit’s sessions with a keynote highlighting the environmental, social and economic needs for acting on wasted food. During the course of the three-day Summit, speakers and participants will delve into all aspects of food recovery and examine challenges, generate ideas and opportunities, and share best practices.

Media opportunities include a tour of Lowcountry Food Bank, interviews with EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Region 4 Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney and other VIPs, and open-media sessions on topics including industry initiatives, ways to accelerate progress, public awareness campaigns, regulations, residential food recovery programs, composting, food rescue and donation. For a full program, please visit https://www.serdc.org/FRS.

WHAT: National Food Recovery Summit
WHO: EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response – Mathy Stanislaus
EPA Region 4 Regional Administrator – Heather McTeer Toney
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 18
WHERE: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, Historic District, 181 Church Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401
RSVP: To RSVP and/or arrange on-site or phone interviews, please e-mail Christie St. Clair at stclair.christie@epa.gov.

For more information on the Summit: http://www.serdc.org/FRS

For more information on Food Recovery: www.epa.gov/foodrecovery

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