Billions of pounds of perfectly good food gets thrown away every year in our country. On Saturday, hundreds on the Walkway Over the Hudson were treated to a free lunch with produce that would have been tossed.

Lots of perfectly good produce gets discarded even before it reaches the market, just because it doesn't look perfect. A weird shaped carrot or an apple with a small scab get chucked aside, even though they taste just like the "good looking" produce.

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, food insecurity was highlighted at the free lunch event on the Walkway Over the Hudson. Produce that would be deemed undesirable from local farms, was collected by Feeding the Hudson Valley and it was turned into a delicious meal that was served to hundreds. Most of what was served would have been thrown out.

Meanwhile, one in eight people in the U.S. don't have enough food, and one in 10 people across four mid-Hudson Valley counties receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, according to Feeding the Hudson Valley.

The problem is not that there isn't enough food for everyone. The problem is that "ugly produce" gets thrown out and it could be donated or sold at a deep discount to those who need it. It's shameful to just get rid of perfectly eatable and nutritious food.


Wasting food that could solve hunger problems has got to stop. If you are a local restaurant, caterer or farm that would like to help, contact Feeding the Hudson Valley. When it comes to eliminating hunger in America and the Hudson Valley, there is no such thing as "ugly food."