A new partnership with the Mahoning County Green Team will turn thousands of pounds of discarded food into compost.

“We’re going cradle to grave with the food waste into compost into growing new produce and the back on the tables of consumers everywhere,” said Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District Director Lou Vega.

The green team purchased a composter for its new greenhouse on Bev Road that will arrive by January. They’ll take food waste from Second Harvest Food Bank and turn it into compost for Flying High, a non-profit that helps adults in the Valley with barriers to employment.

“It’s a win-win for everyone. It keeps the product out of the landfill, and it helps people get more food into the system,” said Mike Iberis, the executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. The compost will be used at Flying High’s gardening programs.

The organization grows fruits and vegetables that are used in its mobile market, which, in turn, serve food deserts in the Mahoning Valley. Over a dozen participants in Flying High’s work acclimation gardening program will also grow more produce in the greenhouse.

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