Keystone joins Food Recovery Challenge

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Posted: 12/05/2013

La Plume – Keystone College has been recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for its food donation and waste diversion efforts.

Keystone is one of 26 colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic Region to join the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages higher educational institutions and other organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible.

Keystone is a recognized leader among educational institutions for its efforts to protect and preserve the environment. The college has been ranked as one of the nation’s top schools for commitment to the environment by The Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine.

Sodexo, the international company which manages Keystone’s facilities and dining services, initiated Keystone’s participation in the Food Recovery Challenge. Keystone and Sodexo take numerous steps to reduce food waste and increase sustainability, including donating 100 pounds of food per month to local charitable organizations. Other sustainability programs include:


According to the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food waste generated by college and universities, hospitals, and restaurants is often safe and wholesome food that could feed millions of Americans. Composted food waste can also be used to enhance the quality of soil. Organizations that join the EPA Challenge find they save money, help needy individuals, and protect the environment at the same time.

“The food donations to hunger-relief organizations made by colleges and other institutions can help one in six Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin. “In addition to feeding the hungry, the food donations go a long way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering disposal costs for their campus. The Food Recovery Challenge is truly a win-win situation.”