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Gov. Nikki Haley proclaims "Don't Waste Food S.C. Day" to initiate campaign battling food waste

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A triple partnership between SC state government agencies has made plans to decrease food waste throughout the state.

Today the SC. Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Commerce and SC Department of Agriculture announced Don't Waste Food S.C., a joint campaign aimed at reducing wasted food in South Carolina by 50 percent by 2030.

Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed July 13, 2016 as "Don't Waste Food S.C. Day" in collaboration with the launch of the initiative, inviting all South Carolinians to join in campaign efforts.  

Among private stakeholders who have already partnered with the campaign are Harvest Hope Food Bank, Re-Soil and Loaves & Fishes. Campaign partners are working together to connect food surpluses to those in need, improve infrastructure for composting and educate and empower individuals, businesses and communities to take action by preventing, composting or donating excess food.

In 2015 alone, South Carolina produced an estimated 607,000 tons of food waste. Hunger, however, is a prevalent issue in the United States with one out of six people struggling for access to an adequate food supply. 

DHEC Director Catherine Heigel says that the campaign will help our state make an impact on the issue of food waste. "South Carolina is positioned to be a leader in tackling the complex environmental and health challenges of food waste," said Heigel. "Working together, we can reduce the amount of food being added to our landfills and connect food resources with communities in need."

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