What is Smart Kitchens San Diego? Smart Kitchens San Diego (SKSD) is administering a $500,000 food waste prevention grant. The funding will be used to outfit 15 foodservice sites with the LeanPath food waste prevention platform: a bundle of hardware, software, backend analytics and coaching, allowing kitchens to track and reduce food waste. LeanPath clients typically see a 50% reduction in their food waste and a 2-8% reduction in food purchases. Grant recipients will also be connected to local food recovery organizations to coordinate food donation programs.
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Who is eligible? Foodservice operators in San Diego with annual food purchases of $1 million or more. Sectors include:
- Colleges & Universities
- Corporate Dining
How does the program work? Participants receive a LeanPath 360 Tracker, plus:
- 24 months of waste tracking software
- Dedicated LeanPath coaching
- Onsite training
- The grant covers 90% of the cost and participants keep the LeanPath 360 Tracker afterwords
Why does the grant focus on food waste tracking? You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The LeanPath system consists of an in-kitchen smart scale and touch screen interface to track food waste. Back end analytics crunch the numbers and identify your top waste items and reasons for the waste. Based on this data, coaches help kitchen teams develop strategies and practices to prevent the waste from happening. Foodservice operations typically throw away 4-10% of the food they purchase before it reaches a customer’s plate, due to overproduction, expiration, spoilage and trimmings. That’s $40,000 to $100,000 worth of food for every $1 million in food purchases! LeanPath can reduce those numbers by up to 50%.
Contact Geertje Grootenhuis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 858-245-3781