New county program aims to feed Kern’s hungry with surplus restaurant, market food


A new program called Waste Hunger, Not Food Kern County aims to use surplus food from restaurants and markets to feed the hungry.

The program was launched Tuesday under the supervision of the Kern County Department of Public Health.

Edible, surplus food from will be collected from restaurants, markets and schools, where it might otherwise go to waste, and distributed it to those in need.

Public Health director Matt Constantine told 17 News the Waste Hunger Not Food Kern County program is the brainchild of Donna Fenton, the county’s environmental health director.

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