The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Food

Social and Personal Benefits

  • Enjoy better nutrition and a more diversified diet through mealsharing.
  • Save up to 30 minutes of cooking time per day through mealsharing.
  • Get fresher, tastier, and more nutritious food through community supported agriculture or a community garden.
  • Support small and local farmers and food producers.
  • Build community by cooperating to grow, prepare, and eat food.

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce cross-country and inter-continental food transport by cooperating to get locally grown food.
  • Reduce packaging waste through bulk buying.
  • Reduce the large amount of edible food that goes to landfills.
  • Support organic and sustainable farmers through community supported agriculture.
  • Create "green collar" jobs by collectively supporting small-scale and sustainable food producers.
  • Preserve farmland through involvement in agricultural land trusts.

Financial Benefits

  • Eat healthy, artisan, and organic foods at affordable prices.
  • Save between 20% and 50% on groceries by taking part in a cooperative or buying club.
  • Save up to $30 per week by doing a lunch-share with your coworkers.
  • Eat out less and save money by sharing meals with your neighbors.
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