Memphis airport restaurateur HMSHost fights local hunger - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis airport restaurateur HMSHost fights local hunger

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Each day in America, one-third of the food supply goes to waste, according to the U.S.D.A.  At the same time, the Food Action Research center named Memphis the most food insecure city in America in 2010, with nearly one-third of the Memphis populations not getting enough food to eat on a daily basis.

Memphis International Airport Restaurateur HMSHost is using its resources to make sure food is not wasted, and instead donated to those who would otherwise go without.

HMSHost designs, builds, finances, owns, operates, and maintains popular restaurants like Starbucks in 114 airports across the world. With the daily needs at airport restaurants being so hard to predict, HMSHost is often left with 10 to 15 percent of its food at the end of the day, including parfaits, fruit cups, salads and packaged to-go sandwiches.

Originally, the food would be discarded due to federal safety regulations. So, HMSHost established a company sustainability initiative called StartSomewhere.

StartSomewhere partnered with the airport’s sustainability program and worked with the Food Donation Connection organization.

The groups devised a plan to donate surplus food to the Warrior Center in Memphis, which serves women, men and veterans battling homelessness, substance abuse, and other life controlling problems. 

"This partnership between HMSHost, the airport, and the Warriors Center is such a rewarding thing to be a part of," HMSHost Director of Operations Rodger Rice said. "We are proud to be at the airport and to have the ability to give something back to our community with these great organizations as partners."

With HMSHost airport program donating 750 meals per month, the Warrior Center is receiving more than one meal every hour of every day.

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