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Food Redistribution as Optimization

Publication Date Aug 29, 2011

Abstract

In this paper we study the simultaneous problems of food waste and hunger in the context of the possible solution of food (waste) rescue and redistribution. To this end, we develop an empirical model that can be used in Monte Carlo simulations to study the dynamics of the underlying problem. Our model's parameters are derived from a unique data set provided by a large food bank and food rescue organization in north central Colorado. We find that food supply is a non-parametric heavy-tailed process that is well-modeled with an extreme value peaks-over-threshold model. Although the underlying process is stochastic, the basic approach of food rescue and redistribution appears to be feasible both at small and large scales. The ultimate efficacy of this model is intimately tied to the rate at which food expires and hence the ability to preserve and quickly transport and redistribute food. The cost of the redistribution is tied to the number and density of participating suppliers, and costs can be reduced (and supply increased) simply by recruiting additional donors to participate. Our results show that with sufficient funding and manpower, a significant amount of food can be rescued from the waste stream and used to feed the hungry.

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Food Redistribution Food Rescue Food Waste Large Food Bank Food North Central Colorado Food Supply Food Bank Cost Of Redistribution Hunger

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