How a California organization uses discarded food to help solve hunger

by Jonathan Winslow

Ryan Learakos, right, with Waste Not OC Coalition, delivers food to Mary’s Kitchen a nonprofit in Orange on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. [Photo: Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG]

This year, nearly 11.5 million pounds of excess food in Orange County, California, normally headed toward the garbage bin, went instead to help those struggling with food insecurity, thanks to a model developed by the Waste Not OC Coalition and refined by its executive director, Mike Learakos.