Mayor Briley uses NFM as springboard for Food Saver Challenge

 Mayor Briley issued his Food Saver Challenge during a press conference at the Nashville Farmers’ Market November 15. Also participating was Tasha Kennard (at right in foreground), executive director of NFM, who spoke about the Market’s upcoming renovation and plans to be a “zero-waste” facility by 2020.

Mayor Briley issued his Food Saver Challenge during a press conference at the Nashville Farmers’ Market November 15. Also participating was Tasha Kennard (at right in foreground), executive director of NFM, who spoke about the Market’s upcoming renovation and plans to be a “zero-waste” facility by 2020.

A November 15 press conference at the Nashville Farmers’ Market saw Nashville Mayor David Briley — in partnership with the Nashville Food Waste Initiative (NFWI), the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association and Nashville Originals — issue a Food Saver Challenge to local restaurants, hotels and event venues to reduce food waste.

“Too many Nashvillians are hungry and in need of healthy food,” Briley said. “More than 100,000 Davidson County residents — including more than 25,000 children — are food insecure. The purpose of this challenge is to bring businesses together to make a meaningful impact on the lives of many of our residents — especially around the holiday season.”

Restaurants and businesses that participate in the Food Saver Challenge will reduce the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills while helping relieve hunger by donating edible food to local nonprofits. Currently some 50 Nashville businesses, including the NFM and NFM restaurant B&C BBQ, are participating in the Food Saver Challenge.

Both the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge focus on landfill-diversion strategies based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which outlines the most effective management strategies for wasted food that offer the greatest amount of environmental, social and economic benefits.

David Gonnerman