Super Food Recovery

Wow–quite a Super Bowl, with the outcome in doubt until the last play.

One thing that wasn’t up in the air was Super Bowl food recovery. In keeping with tradition, the NFL Environmental Program and volunteers from the Tampa Bay host committee recovered food illustration by RMTip21 (via Creative Commons)from the events leading up to the game and the game itself.

Media reports on this recovery were surprisingly light (i.e. nonexistent), so I’m not sure to what extent food rescue occurred. There’s reference to the “recovery of prepared food from events” on this page and a brief mention listed among other green Super Bowl initiatives.

Given that scant attention, it seems unlikely that recovery would top 2008, when volunteers diverted 93,000 pounds of food to those in need!

Last year, I interviewed Jack Groh, head of the NFL Environmental Program, who gave us a decent background on NFL food recovery. I’ll try to catch up with him quickly to get the full story from Tampa.

In the meantime, my condolences to Arizona fans.

UPDATE: I just heard from Jack Groh. He said their local partner this year was America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay (they haven’t changed their name to Feeding America, as A2H national did). The amount recovered won’t be known for about a week, because some collections were done by other agencies.

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