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Mindful Waste



Focus Areas:

  • Youth Education
  • Hunger Relief
  • School Program
  • Composting Education

Organization Mission:

Our mission is to eliminate food waste through education, prevention, and recovery.


We help schools eliminate food waste by establishing food recovery programs, so uneaten food is donated to local food pantries. We also provide K-5 lesson plans that focus on the environmental and ethical impacts of food waste. We have recently partnered with Smart Farm of Barrington to create a greenhouse and vermicomposting learning center, where we will host school groups.


We hope to collaborate with other organizations to expand our food recovery program and help glean more produce

Volunteer Needs:

We are in need of volunteers to help with zero waste and gleaning events. Please email us if interested!


Addition Information:


Contact information:

Jennifer Kainz, Co-founder
[email protected]
P.O. Box 1433
Barrington, IL, 60011