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How A Walk-In Cooler Clears The Way For An LA Charity To Rescue More Food For The Hungry

Luis Yepiz leads the wholesale food recovery program for Food Forward, a nonprofit that collects food donations and gives them to local charities.
Luis Yepiz leads the wholesale food recovery program for Food Forward, a nonprofit that collects food donations and gives them to local charities.
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At the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market fresh food comes in from around the world on its way to markets around the U.S. And tons of perfectly good produce gets trashed every day — even as local families go hungry and lack access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Keeping more of that food out of landfills has been a longtime goal for charities trying to feed needy families. Logistics and the short shelf life for fresh food can make that tricky.

One local non-profit is now able to rescue more fruits and vegetables from the garbage heap with a solution as simple as four trucks, drivers and a massive walk-in cooler at a warehouse in Bell.

Read more on LAist.com: How One LA Charity Is Keeping Food From Being Wasted — And Feeding Needy Families