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Food that would normally be thrown out is now feeding the hungry in Santa Barbara County.

Restaurants, supermarkets and caterers routinely dump their excess prepared food. But instead of filling up landfills with healthy, uneaten food, the Community Environmental Council came up with an idea.

“It just seems wrong to send edible food to waste. Instead, we could be giving it to people who are hungry,” says Emily Miller with CEC.

They’ve launched the Santa Barbara County Food Rescue to coordinate the delivery of excess food to organizations that help those in need including senior centers, hospice facilities and others that serve low-income families.

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