Some Stark Facts
10 million tons of perfectly usable vegetables never leave the farm gate because they are cosmetically imperfect, off-spec, or simply unharvested. 13 million children in the United States are food insecure, and 117 million people in the US suffer from diet-related illnesses. It takes $15 billion to grow, transport and dispose of the surplus that contributes 14 million tons of Green House Gases.
Matriark Foods works with farmers and aggregators to make use of the 40% of vegetables that would otherwise go to waste in the fields. And we work with food service providers to utilize the hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh-cut remnants from their food preparations. Vegetables are lightly enhanced with spices and fresh herbs, cooked, and pureed into healthy, low-sodium multi-use bases for vegetable-forward meals.
For People and the Environment
To make a large-impact on the environment and on peoples’ health, we have to upcycle large volumes of otherwise wasted produce. What began as a seemingly simple question: ‘how can there be so much food going to waste when there are so many who are hungry?’ has become a business that tackles the intricacies of food surplus aggregation and processing. Matriark Foods transforms surplus into healthy foodservice products to advance the health of our communities and our environment. As a social enterprise, Matriark Foods reinvests a majority of our profits to achieve sustainability, grow our reach and ensure the fulfillment of our mission.