Funding Will Expand BAN’s Outreach in South Florida Food Deserts
June 27, 2016 (North Miami, FL) – BAN Productions, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to fight the problems of food insecurity and food waste, announced today that it has received a significant new grant from The Miami Foundation. The grant, which is one of the Foundation’s Community Grants, will allow BAN to teach new recipes to 1,500 people and divert 15,000 pounds of surplus food from unnecessary disposal. This is the first year that BAN has received a grant from The Miami Foundation.
“The Miami Foundation’s interest in our novel approach to fighting the problems of food insecurity and food waste is a tremendous validation of BAN’s potential to make South Florida a healthier and more sustainable place to live,” said John Rossetti, Founder of BAN Productions. “With this support, we can reach out to more people living in food deserts and teach them how to incorporate new and unfamiliar fresh ingredients into their family meals.”
BAN adds value to the traditional role of community food pantries by teaching people how to prepare a balanced and nutritious meal using fresh ingredients. According to a 2010 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “nutrition education can make a significant contribution to improved dietary practices.” USDA recommends that nutrition education efforts include skill building, such as BAN’s recipe training demonstrations, to encourage positive behavior change.
“We’ve never met a fresh ingredient that we couldn’t turn into a tasty dish that anyone can make at home,” said Diane Levesque, a classically-trained culinary artist and BAN Board Member. “It’s one of the great challenges as a chef to use fresh ingredients when they are available and in season, and it’s a privilege to share this skill with people in our community.”
In addition to recipe training, the new grant from The Miami Foundation will add further value to communities in South Florida by preventing the needless disposal of fresh and healthy ingredients. Diverting surplus food helps support the nation’s new food waste reduction goal. As a participant in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, BAN is helping achieve a 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2030 nationwide.
To attend a community recipe training, please contact John Rossetti at (350) 680-5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.