Scottsdale Councilor Joins Waste Not Board of Directors
Whitehead: “Saving food solves a myriad of complex problems”
Scottsdale City Councilor Solange Whitehead has joined the board of directors of Waste Not, an Arizona food rescue and distribution organization.
Additionally, Jenny Holsman Tetrealt was elected for a two-year term as Chairman of the Board effective July 1. Whitehead and Tetrealt are joined by Rachel Monti, another new board member, along with six returning participants:
- Jennifer Holsman Tetreault, Assistant General Counsel, Field Operations, West and Northwest, US Foods;
- Wendell Hollinshead, CFO, Stealth Startup;
- Wendy K. Brooks, Mortgage Originator, Scout Mortgage;
- Jennifer Wargo, Director of Communications, Waste Management-Four Corners Area;
- Linde Harned, VP Consultant, PeopleInk;
- Christopher Wodarcyk, director of service operations, Empire Southwest, LLC .;
- Rachel Monti, Director of Human Services, Swift Transportation; and
- Solange Whitehead, City Councilor, City of Scottsdale.
For over 30 years, Waste Not has been reinventing and reinventing the food rescue process in Arizona. Through partnerships with Valley businesses and other nonprofits, they save perishable food before it’s wasted and deliver it directly to their network of nonprofits serving people in the need, according to a press release.
“Throwing food is like stealing the tables and plates of those who are hungry in our community. It is an honor to be part of the Waste Not team, along with our partners, as we are committed to putting quality food that would have been wasted on the tables and plates of those who need it most ”, said Tetreault. “By re-imagining what is possible for food rescue, Waste Not is making our community and our planet healthier. Our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, nonprofit partners and the community make Waste Not an incredible community asset and I am thrilled to be a part of this strategic team.
Amid the pandemic, Waste Not launched MealConnect, its latest food rescue initiative, which allows the restaurant industry to donate excess food effortlessly at no cost.
Donations are seamlessly collected and delivered by Waste Not’s team of volunteer drivers. To date, this exciting program has delivered more than 40,000 meals to food insecure people, the press release says.
“As a city councilor, my focus is on protecting our most vulnerable citizens and our environment and teaming up with Waste Not is a perfect solution,” Whitehead said.
“The simple act of saving food solves a myriad of complex issues facing Scottsdale, such as food insecurity, climate change and drought. Food wasted is a major contributor to all three and also fills the landfill. Waste Not’s impressive track record is only a fraction of the food that should be saved and enjoyed. I can’t wait to help make this happen.