May 01, 2016

Team San Jose is addressing hunger in the local community and reducing waste at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center with their newest initiative Hunger at Home.

Hunger at Home contributes to a regional effort in Silicon Valley by way of an app called Waste No Food. Through the app, Team San Jose donates unused food to local nonprofit organizations through technology.

Three years ago, Team San Jose's Director of Food & Beverage and Facilities & Property Operations, Ewell Sterner, identified an opportunity (through the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act) to partner with Waste No Food and donate unused food from the convention center.  Team San Jose then coordinated with local hotel partners from Hilton, Marriott, The Fairmont and DoubleTree, plus Levi's Stadium, the SAP Center and Shoreline Amphitheater to join the efforts.

It has created great pride and loyalty among Team San Jose staff.  Employee-to-employee interactions and, in-turn, respect and friendships have increased. Team San Jose staff volunteers their free time to this cause.  Everyone is proud of Ewell and proud to be part of an organization that could and would help bring this important initiative to life.

This is what caring communities do - work well, work smarter, and work for good.  Funds from local organizations once used for food, can now be applied to other community and organizational needs.  

In total, our Hunger at Home initiative and the Waste No Food app have already provided nearly 1 million meals. 

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