Twin Cities Food Justice Using Bicycles for Food Rescue

Twin Cities Food Justice Using Bicycles for Food Rescue

When you were cleaning up after your most recent dinner did you throw food away? There's a good chance you did, and you're not alone.

According to Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans don't eat 40 percent of the food produced in the country. That's the equivalent of throwing out $165 billion each year.

Now, one group is putting the word out that everyone can do something to reverse the trend.

On a recent Thursday night, Samantha Carlson of Twin Cities Food Justice was pedaling to the Seward Co-op Friendship Store in south Minneapolis.

She wore a colorful bike helmet covered with plastic fruits and vegetables. It was a clue to her mission: food rescue.

“I forget (the helmet is) there," she said. "And then people look at me funny and I go 'what's wrong?' It raises awareness, so I don’t mind.”

On that trip, Carlson picked up two full boxes of fresh produce. She towed it in her bike trailer about six blocks to The Aliveness Project.

The worldwide headquarters of TC Food justice is in Hannah Volkman’s kitchen. She is executive director of the food rescue operation. Nobody gets paid. They are all volunteers.