YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- A Yorktown church plans to boost the community's awareness of a food waste epidemic.
On Sunday, the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown will hold a Food Waste Weekend, joining other houses of worship across the country in a partnership to bring awareness to the problem.
Last year, the federal government, through the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency, called on the private sector and charitable organizations to strive for a national food waste reduction goal of 50-percent by 2030, according to the USDA website.
The local church is joining the initiative to bring attention to the issue of wasted food when it is thrown away before it is consumed.
This happens at parties, on farms, at lunch, at weddings, at the supermarket, even at church.
"We want to bring awareness back to what all of our grandmothers used to say, 'Don't throw away good food.' We don’t want food to be wasted when there are hungry people in our community and nation," said Donna Gresh, who handles communications for the church.
"In the USA, one out of six people will experience hunger and food insecurity at some point this year."
So on Sunday, the issue of food waste will be addressed in the morning adult education and worship services.
The church has a Green Team working on ways it can limit food waste at various church programs.
In addition, the church is involved in a GreenFaith Certification program Gresh said.
The process takes two years, and It involves organizations of diverse religious traditions that wish to demonstrate and grow their commitment to environmental stewardship.
Community members interested in supporting food waste initiatives at First Presbyterian may click here for information.
For more information about the upcoming weekend's food waste activities, click here.
The church is at 2880 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights.