Earth Day, Every Day

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd each year, it’s a time to raise awareness and promote environmental protection and sustainability. Earth Day 2023 is the 53rd anniversary of this global event, which was first celebrated in 1970. The Food Bank is taking action every day to reduce food waste, think big and green to mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change.

Climate change directly impacts poverty and hunger as it adds to preexisting struggles that individuals currently face. Food waste also contributes to environmental issues, such as greenhouse gas emissions and wasted resources like water and energy. When we waste food, we’re not only throwing away the food itself, but also the resources that went into growing, harvesting, and transporting it.

Our Green Initiatives program substitutes our typical energy systems with efficient green technology systems to decrease our carbon footprint. By growing and producing food with alternative methods that don’t harm the environment. Our main priority is to be good stewards of our resources.

We’re also exploring alternative methods of growing and producing food that doesn’t harm the environment. This includes initiatives such as sustainable farming practices, composting, and reducing food waste by rescuing surplus food that might otherwise go to a landfill. Donated and purchased food from farmers, retailers, and other sources that might not meet certain standards, such as being the wrong size or shape. The food is still good to eat and helps provide nutritious meals for Mainers experiencing food insecurity.

By adopting these environmentally-friendly methods, we aim to provide nutritious food to those in need, minimize our carbon footprint, and contribute to a healthier planet. We are committed to finding innovative ways to minimize waste, reduce energy consumption, and utilize sustainable practices in all aspects of our operations. This includes investing in energy-efficient equipment, utilizing renewable energy sources, and continuously evaluating and improving  processes to minimize environmental impact.

How Can You Help?

You can make a difference in reducing food waste and by lending a hand to help end hunger! Here are some simple ways you can help:

  1. Reduce Food Waste: Pay attention to the food you have at home and try to use it all up before it goes bad. Don’t throw away food just because it doesn’t look perfect – it’s still good to eat! You can also talk to your family about composting leftover food scraps to help reduce waste.
  2. Donate to to your local food pantry: If you have surplus food at home, consider donating it to your local food pantry. You can also organize food drives at school or in your community to collect food for those in need. Go here to find your nearest food pantry. 
  3. Volunteer: Many food pantries, including many of our partners, rely on volunteers to help sort and distribute food. You can contact your local food pantry and see if there are volunteer opportunities available for you to help out.
  4. Raise Awareness: Share what you’ve learned about food waste and hunger with your friends and family. Share how you’re making an impact on Earth day and every day on social media using #FeedingMaine, #EarthDay, or #InvestInOurPlanet. 
  5. Practice Sustainable Eating: Be mindful of the food you eat and where it comes from. Eating with sustainability in mind is a way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. Find sustainable tips and simple, nutritious and easy recipes by visiting our nutrition website,

Frequently asked questions about our Green Initiatives Program

Curious to learn more about Good Shepherd Food Bank’s sustainability practices? Visit our Green Initiatives page.