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Cheryl Kollin

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Gaithersburg, Md

December 14, 2012

Cheryl Kollin was selected as the Green Gaithersburg.com December environmentalist of the month. Kollin came up with an innovative program called “Farm to Freezer”, a  way to reduce food waste by freezing excess fresh organic vegetables and having the veggies then incorporated into meals for the homeless in Bethesda, Md.

Kollin has partnered with Bethesda Cares, a non-profit that cooks and feeds the homeless every day.

Bethesda Care gets 100’s of pounds of organic vegetables each week that is donated by Spiral Path Farms,  an organic farm in Pennsylvania that sells their produce at the Bethesda farmers market.  Bethesda Cares cooks  then incorporates the various fresh vegetables into the daily meals they prepare at local churches in Bethesda.

Often times there are too may vegetables that if not frozen would then go bad.  Kollin and volunteers chop, cut, cook, and freeze the excess vegetables each week during the growing season.  The frozen vegetable packets made are then incorporated into meals year round by Bethesda Cares. .

Kollin’s innovative sustainable Farm to Freezer program serves as a model to reduce food waste and increases the nutritional value of  20, 000 plus meals served by Bethesda Cares annually.

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