from the driver's seat: emma's environmental impact

October 31, 2015 Updated: February 2, 2024

This Driver’s Seat post is from Emma Dismukes, a driver who joined our team in March 2015.

I joined the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team almost 8 months ago in an effort to help alleviate and spread awareness of the effects of food waste on the environment. The food that I help reroute to people in need would have otherwise been tossed into a dumpster and sent to a landfill or waste combustion facility, resulting in avoidable and excessive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Every day I spend on the road makes an impact!

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Look at that beautiful produce! Who would want to throw that in a dumpster?

I decided to look into some of the details of the environmental benefits of food rescue and want to share my results with you! I used an average day on the road to glean some fun facts.


Hi Latoya! This is the truck I drive.

This particular day I stopped at seven of our vender locations to make collections and hauled a total of 1,084 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce and an additional 195 pounds of fresh breads. Thanks to the EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) I learned some great things about my ONE day on the road. My small effort deferred 1 Ton of CO2 equivalent Greenhouse Gas emissions; comparable amounts incurred from burning 78 gallons of gasoline. I also helped save 3 million British thermal units of energy; the same as using 26 gallons of gasoline.  That’s a total of 104 gallons – and I drive our smallest capacity truck! Four Trucks on the road five days of the week adds up to some pretty amazing benefits for the environment.

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Happy apple season! These boxes of apples will find a home much better than the landfill now.

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