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We seek to:
  •  • Contribute to positive change
  •  • Enrich our respective communities
  •  • Make a significant impact
  •  • Foster leadership and active involvement
  •  • Support education
  •  • Promote effective communication
  •  • Encourage environmental responsibility

Roadmap to Reduce American Food Waste Released

ReFED, a collaboration of over 30 business, government, investor, foundation, and nonprofit leaders committed to reducing food waste, recently released their Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste report. The report finds that nationally we are capable of cutting food waste by 20%, putting us on target to reach the national goal of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. By presenting 27 solutions that are feasible and cost-effective, the ideas outlined in the Roadmap are expected to “generate over 15,000 jobs, reduce 1.5% of national fresh water use, double the number of meals donated to relieve hunger, and divert nearly 18 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.” The solutions range from consumer education campaigns, standardized date labels, and community composting to smaller plates and tray-less dining at all-you-can-eat establishments. Driving the Roadmap report’s necessity are the $218 billion dollars wasted annually growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. Fifty-two million tons of food are sent to landfills each year while one in seven Americans live in food insecurity. With a concerted effort from stakeholders, ReFED is optimistic that these food waste related issues can be solved and reduction targets will be met and exceeded in the coming years. The Lumpkin Family Foundation supported ReFED’s report initiative. You can download the report here.

Laura Huddleston joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation as our new Administrative Assistant in January 2016. She previously worked as the Children’s Librarian at the Mattoon Public Library.  Laura has a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University and has also worked in teaching and educational software fields.  Over the past several years she has served on the Illinois School Library Media Association’s Monarch Award Committee and as an advisory board member for RSVP of Coles County.  In 2014 she was honored as one of the JG-TC’s 20 Under 40 recipients for her work at the MPL. Laura was raised in Mattoon and returned here in 2004 with her husband and two children after teaching and working in Champaign-Urbana.

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The Lumpkin Family Fund will begin receiving Letters of Inquiry for the Spring 2016 grant-making cycle on January 22. For more information, click here.


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