Thursday, January 8, 2009

Anyone Can Start a Green Movement

Starting in early December a new organization in Maui began collecting the unwanted fruit from the backyard trees of local donors and distributing it to low income communities and senior citizens with the help of the local Food Bank.

The volunteer group, Waste Not, Want Not was started by Suzanne Frietas and her brother James Mylanek Sr. after they began collecting and donating lemons, tangerines and oranges from Freitas' own property. They are now a "fruit cycling" organization working on obtaining federal non profit status.

"Waste Not Want Not"collected about 153 pounds of fruit on New Year's Eve, with the help of only five volunteers! "Wasting large amounts of food is no longer acceptable, and so it's time to act. The fruit is ready and waiting, let's cycle it," Freitas said.

The Waste Not Want Not website is currently under construction, but add it to your favorites and check back in with them soon!


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