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Marshall University and WVU recognized by EPA

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Marshall University and West Virginia University are among 26 colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic Region that have joined the Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Challenge.

The Food Recovery Challenge encourages colleges, universities and other organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible. "The food donations to hunger-relief organizations made by colleges and other institutions can help the one in six Americans who don't know where their next meal is coming from," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin in a news release from Marshall University. "In addition to feeding the hungry, the food donations go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering disposal costs for their campuses. The Food Recovery Challenge is truly a win-win situation."

Food waste generated by local institutions, hospitals, colleges, universities and restaurants is often actually safe, wholesome food that could feed millions of Americans, according to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA. EPA is working with institutions and hunger-relief organizations to increase food donations. Composting food waste also leads to important environmental outcomes. Composted food waste creates a valuable soil product that can be used to enhance the quality of soils.

You can learn more at the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge web site.