Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, center, is joined with representatives of the Food Bank of Alaska, the Alaska Food Coalition, the University of Alaska's Cooperative Extension Service to discuss food waste during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday. "It's unacceptable that so many people are struggling with hunger when billions of pounds of food are wasted every year," said Rep. Tarr.  "I'm hopeful that by raising awareness of this under-reported issue, we can meet the goal put forward by the Secretary of Agriculture to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030." With Rep. Tarr are Sarra Khlifi, of the Alaska Food Coalition, right, Cara Durr, of the Food Bank of Alaska, Sara Truitt, of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, and Darren Snyder, of the Cooperative Extension Service.

Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, center, is joined with representatives of the Food Bank of Alaska, the Alaska Food Coalition, the University of Alaska's Cooperative Extension Service to discuss food waste during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday. "It's unacceptable that so many people are struggling with hunger when billions of pounds of food are wasted every year," said Rep. Tarr. "I'm hopeful that by raising awareness of this under-reported issue, we can meet the goal put forward by the Secretary of Agriculture to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030." With Rep. Tarr are Sarra Khlifi, of the Alaska Food Coalition, right, Cara Durr, of the Food Bank of Alaska, Sara Truitt, of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, and Darren Snyder, of the Cooperative Extension Service.

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Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, center, is joined with representatives from the Food Bank of Alaska, the Alaska Food Coalition and the University of Alaska’s Cooperative Extension Service to discuss food waste during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday. “It’s unacceptable that so many people are struggling with hunger when billions of pounds of food are wasted every year,” said Rep. Tarr. “I’m hopeful that by raising awareness of this under-reported issue, we can meet the goal put forward by the Secretary of Agriculture to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030.” With Rep. Tarr are Sarra Khlifi, of the Alaska Food Coalition, right, Cara Durr, of the Food Bank of Alaska, Sara Truitt, of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, and Darren Snyder, of the Cooperative Extension Service.

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