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Published on Mar 22, 2010
Today, we're going to visit Northern California, to find out more about the Bread Program charity project established by Tzu Chi volunteers. In California, 16 percent of disposed waste consists of food. This represents almost 5.6 million tons per year. Approximately 10 million tons of food is discarded annually in the United States. The US Department of Agriculture estimate that one-quarter of all food produced in the United States is wasted. In response to these alarming trends, Northern California Tzu Chi volunteers started a weekly bread rescue program in 2005. The volunteers bring fresh unsold bakery products to the needy and homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. Utilizing a unique pickup and distribution network in various cities in the region, the bread program became a complete success. Let's meet those volunteers in Northern California to see how they made it happen!