Save Food Sarasota Food Vendors Can Learn How to Reduce Food Waste & Feed the Community

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Save Food Sarasota

Food Vendors Can Learn How to Reduce Food Waste

& Feed the Community

Thirty to forty percent of food prepared for human consumption goes to waste. At the same time, as the result of Hurricane Ian and Nicole, rising food prices and the leftover impact of COVID, thousands of children, families and seniors in the Sarasota area go hungry every day.

On December 5 & 6, Save Food Sarasota will provide local food businesses with information on a new, convenient, free way to reduce waste by connecting with local organizations that provide food to people in need. One hour, virtual sessions will take place that are targeted to local restaurants, grocery stores, caterers, event venues, nursing homes, and retirement communities.

Save Food Sarasota sponsors include the City of Sarasota, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Transition Sarasota and MEANS Database.

“The need to get excess food to people in need has never been greater,” said Emily Grant, Florida Program Manager for MEANS Database, a non-profit that has developed an electronic food rescue platform. “We are excited to share this with the Sarasota community. It’s a win-win opportunity. Local businesses can conveniently reduce their food waste while decreasing the number of people in our area who go to bed hungry every night.”

More information on the upcoming information sessions can be found at

MEANS (Matching Excess And Needs for Stability) Database is an online platform connecting those with excess food, like grocery stores, co-ops, and restaurants, with nearby emergency food providers who serve those in need. Our organization has two major goals: to reduce food waste and reroute that food to feed people facing food insecurity. MEANS has been working in the anti-hunger space for six years and has adapted to meet the needs of clients and those in need remotely during this unprecedented time.


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