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U.S. EPA and San Francisco Department of the Environment Spotlight Super Bowl Efforts to Feed the Hungry

Release Date: 02/02/2016
Contact Information: U.S. EPA: Michele Huitric,, 415-972-3165 SF Dept. of the Environment: Guillermo Rodriguez,, 415-355-3756

Food Runners a key player in local food recovery work

SAN FRANCISCO – On Wednesday, February 3, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will be joined by San Francisco Department of the Environment Director Debbie Raphael, Food Runners Director Mary Risley, and HealthRIGHT 360 CEO Vitka Eisen to discuss local food recovery efforts, which align with the City of San Francisco’s zero waste focus, during Super Bowl 50.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, San Francisco will be the site of countless Super Bowl events, with tens of thousands of people enjoying the local cuisine. Food recovery efforts, such as those led by the local nonprofit Food Runners, will help ensure that resulting excess food is kept out of bay area landfills and provided to people in need.

WHO: Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 9
      Debbie Raphael, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
      Mary Risley, Founder and Director, Food Runners San Francisco
      Dr. Vitka Eisen, Chief Executive Officer, HealthRIGHT 360
WHAT: Super Bowl 50 Food Recovery Event
    WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    WHERE: HealthRIGHT 360
    890 Hayes Street
            (cross street: Fillmore)
            San Francisco, CA 94117

    WHY: Every year Americans throw away more food than any other type of waste, almost
            35 million tons, and much of it still edible. As food rots in a landfill, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. At the same time, one in six Americans lack access to the nutrition they need to live an active, healthy life.

            San Francisco actively promotes food recovery and has implemented mandatory green event and composting ordinances. Food Runners San Francisco recovers 17 tons of food each week and redistributes it to those in need.

    VISUALS: Observe volunteers transporting leftover meals to HealthRIGHT 360 for redistribution.

    RSVP: Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, or for more information about the event and/or parking, please e-mail Michele Huitric,

    For more information, please visit EPA’s Media Kit at:

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