Food with Purpose

Food with Purpose

Food with Purpose

These people and organizations are inspiring and helping others through their work with food.


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Food is much more than nourishment. Food with Purpose explores the potential of food to improve our society. We profile people and organizations who are inspiring and helping others in their community through their work with food.

This Pizzeria Serves Up Pies Made—and Ordered—in Sign Language

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No one ever complains that dining at Mozzeria is too loud. In fact, the popular wood-fired pizza restaurant in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood is often full of diners, clustered around the Stefano Ferrara pizza oven at its heart. But even when every table is full, noise is never a problem.

That's because Mozzeria's main language is American Sign Language.

An LA-Based Nonprofit Rescued Over 22 Million Pounds of Produce In One Year to Help Feed the Hungry

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Laden fruit trees proliferate in the suburban neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Founded in the late 18th century as a farming community, LA county was, as recently as the mid 20th century, the most abundant agricultural county in the nation. Today in LA county, more people struggle with food insecurity than anywhere else in the nation.

Gardening Gives the Kids of Migrant Workers a Head Start

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When preschool teacher Tonya Langston first asked the children in her Bowling Green, Florida, classroom where milk came from, their response was: "the kitchen." When she asked them where a banana comes from, same answer: "the kitchen."

Langston's students are young—3 or 4 years old—but because they're the children of professional migrant farmworkers, Langston and her fellow teachers wanted to teach them more about what their parents do, and why it's important.

This Woman Is Turning Food Waste Into Meals for Hungry Kids

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After operating a catering business in her home city of Cincinnati for 25 years, Suzy DeYoung craved a change.