2017 EMIES UnWasted Food Awards

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2017 EMIES UnWasted Food Awards

at the Food Waste Solution Summit 3

The 2017 EMIES Unwasted Food Awards honor businesses, organizations, and institutions with exemplary practices around food waste prevention and recovery. The EMIE Awards are designed to honor the legacy of Congressman Bill Emerson, sponsor of the 1996 Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which, in order to encourage food donation, protects donors from liability.

According to the latest research by the San Diego Hunger Coalition, 1 in 6 people (16%) and more than 1 in 5 children (22%) in San Diego County, are food insecure. This means that they “don’t always have enough food for an active, healthy life” (Hunger Coalition 2017).  And yet, we waste so much food. In San Diego, it is estimated that we dispose of 600,000 tons of food to landfill each year.

San Diego Food System Alliance is working collaboratively with state and local government agencies, food establishments, food banks, and food pantries to catalyze efforts to reduce food waste and increase donation. The 2017 EMIE UnWasted Food Awards are an opportunity to honor and share this great work in our region. Details of award winners’ efforts can be found at http://www.sdfsa.org/emies2017

2017 EMIES UnWasted Food Award Winners:

Feeding San Diego Point -- Loma Nazarene University -- Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub and Whet Noodle -- Bradford Airport Logistics

San Diego Unified School District -- San Diego Rescue Mission -- Ramona Unified School District -- City of Chula Vista

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2017 EMIES Distinguished Programs:  

Flagship Facility Services

UC San Diego Health

Heaven's Windows

Crowne Plaza San Diego

Cuyamaca College

San Diego Convention Center

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2017 EMIES Emerging Programs:

Vista Unified School District

BrightSide Produce


Heartfelt Helpings


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2017 EMIES Community Leader:

The 2017 SDFSA Community Leader Award goes to Vince Kasperick for his long commitment to community service, focusing primarily on issues of food and shelter. 

Vince has spent a 30-year professional career in banking and mortgage banking, capped with the founding of AimLoan.com, a national mortgage banking company in 1998.  Over the past 19 years, AimLoan has expanded throughout the country and is regularly ranked one of the top five direct-to-consumer independent mortgage companies in the nation.

For the past 25 years, he has brought a similar energy and vision to San Diego’s nonprofit sector, focusing primarily on issues of food and shelter for the most vulnerable members of the community.   He currently serves on the boards of San Diego Hunger Coalition and Catholic Community Foundation of San Diego, and is on the Advisory Board of the San Diego Food Bank.  He was chairman the board of directors of St. Vincent de Paul Village (Father Joe's Village) from 2007 to 2015, and has also served on the boards of the San Diego Food Bank, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the San Diego Home Loan Counseling Service. 

He is a strong believer in collaboration, a systems approach to problem solving, and collective impact.  Vince helped organize the USD Food Security Systems Collaborative, which from 2012 to 2015 worked with the region’s major food banks and hunger relief agencies to collaborate on improving the county’s food delivery systems. 

His company has conducted 52 community service campaigns, raising more than $1.5 million for worthy local nonprofits.  In 2010, AimLoan founded the San Diego Blues Festival, an annual hunger-awareness event benefiting the San Diego Food Bank.

Find out more information about the 2017 EMIES UnWasted Food Awards and honorees as well as the Food Waste Solution Summit 3 and Save The Food San Diego with the San Diego Food System Alliance. 

The San Diego Food System Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals organized to affect positive change in the San Diego County's local food system. Our mission is to develop and maintain an equitable, healthy and sustainable food system for the benefit of all people in San Diego County.

Post by Barbara Hamilton, Director of Strategic Initiatives