The Lafayette City Council has pledged to improve sustainable food management practices through a Resolution passed to endorse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). The FRC seeks to reduce environmental impacts of extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, reuse, recycling, and disposal of materials.
In 2017, the City’s Waste Reduction Advisory Committee (WRAC) set a priority to increase citizens’ awareness of food waste and the associated opportunities to save money, feed those in need, and conserve resources by proactive food recovery. One of the committee's victories was the collection of 160 pounds of usable food from the Peach and Oatmeal Festivals which was subsequently donated to local shelters.
WRAC is also actively promoting awareness of this and other topics through an ongoing sustainability film series. In November, a free screening of “Just Eat It!”, a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue, was offered to the community. Criteria pertaining to food waste initiatives was also added to Lafayette’s Green Business Program to encourage and support local businesses to make significant impacts in this area.