Empire State Development: $2,000,000

Feeding New York State exceeded the goal of this grant. This grant was given in order to divert unmarketable food out of municipal landfills and put it to its highest use feeding hungry New Yorkers by funding the purchase of food-handling equipment such as trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts etc. The goal was to divert 20,348,074 pounds of excess edible food from landfills per year, resulting in a reduction of 544,131 pounds per year of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by providing direct capital assistance to local food banks across New York State. The actual achievement has been much greater. More than 32,286,608 pounds of excess food had been rescued annually in the first three years.
Goal: Accomplished and surpassed by more than 12m pounds of rescued food per year.