March 8, 2016 - Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) have announced a comprehensive partnership to eradicate hunger and the pervasive food waste in Silicon Valley.
Combining the managerial, organizational, administrative and technical expertise of SVTP with the network, research and foundational breadth of Joint Venture will provide a regionally unprecedented collaboration of public and private talent to both guide and manage the county’s food rescue efforts.
According to a recent report commissioned by the Santa Clara County Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency, over 34 million pounds of edible food was discarded in local landfills. Meanwhile 1 in 3 children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is at risk of hunger. The aggregate toll of this wasted food is costly to our communities, our economy, and the environment.
The first annual Santa Clara County Food Rescue Forum, being held in late March, is the first step towards coalescing the region’s vast network of nonprofit, government and private organizations into working groups dedicated to creating cross-sectional and collaborative solutions to solving the Valley’s hunger and waste issues.
It is not for lack of food that many of these issues arise. By efficiently utilizing existing sources of food, there are ample opportunities to feed everyone in the region. Using Joint Venture's and SVTP’s combined resources to promote awareness, create logistical networks and coordinate county-wide public-private initiatives, the Food Rescue Coordinator aims to utilize the 170,000 tons of food that is discarded every year in Santa Clara County.
“When I was Mayor of San Jose and first envisioning organizations that incorporated public-private relationships into civic initiatives, this was the scope I had in mind,” remarked former co-chair of Joint Venture and current board chair of SVTP Chuck Reed. ”Leveraging Silicon Valley’s world-class talent and people to solve these entrenched and intractable problems is precisely what I believe this partnership can accomplish.”
Silicon Valley Talent Partnership has already been very active in promoting and facilitating Feeding Silicon Valley, a successful cross-sectional solution to sourcing surplus food and equipment and placing it into regional non-profits to distribute to those in need.
“Through our experience working with multi-sector organizations to leverage Silicon Valley’s innovation to rescue food and solve hunger issues in one of the richest regions of the world,” Lea King, the Executive Director of SVTP said. “This partnership can not only make Food Rescue as ubiquitous as recycling is today, we can position Santa Clara County as the leader and vanguard of national food rescue efforts.”
“Joint Venture’s mission to convene organizations and community leaders to solve our region’s important challenges is exemplified by this partnership,” said Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “We are pleased to join the coalition to help alleviate hunger and minimize food waste in Silicon Valley.”
About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.
About Silicon Valley Talent Partnership
Silicon Valley Talent Partnership is a non-profit 501c(3) created to leverage Silicon Valley’s regional talent and sources of innovation from the private sector, nonprofits and universities in order to assist local government to advance key strategic objectives, maximize resources, enhance the effectiveness of service delivery to the public, and create a replicable model that can be implemented across Silicon Valley.