Galloping Grace Youth Ranch’s Food Recovery Program is the beneficiary of a $5,000 grant from Waste Management.
“The Waste Management support is important,” GGYR CEO and co-founder Max Wade said in a news release. “We strive to educate others to think of food discards as a resource, not as a waste product, and to consider the economic and environmental advantages of food recycling.”
Through the program – described as “an innovative solution to help alleviate the growing problem of food waste in our community” – GGYR works with local food sources to collect food that has begun to lose its freshness and can no longer be used for human consumption, or food waste from trimmings or cafeteria scraps, according to the news release. GGYR feeds the food to the ranch livestock, diverting it from the local landfill. The food not eaten by the livestock is composted and becomes part of its soil for crop cultivation.
In 2015 alone, GGYR says, the Food Recovery Program diverted more than 814,000 pounds of food waste from the local landfill.
The funding is a Waste Management Think Green Grant.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Rio Rancho offers and promotes programs aimed at educating children about leadership, agriculture and community, the group says. Go to ggyr.org for information.