Capacity to develop a campaign targeting the faith (all faiths) community nationwide.
Food Waste Weekend is a nationwide virtual interfaith event (www.FoodWasteWeekend.org) to educate America's clergy (Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Unitarian) about food waste from the faith perspective AND enable them to give faith specific sermons on the topic - all on the same weekend.
The goal is to have the clergy give the sermons - and calls to action - to their congregants with the hope that many of the people in the pews will reduce the waste of food in their lives.
It was piloted last Sept. Target is this coming Sept.
We have staff available to help and are assembling a team of people well connected to the faith community. We're looking for someone who can build a PR campaign to make magic happen nationwide.
As far as anyone knows, Food Waste Weekend appears to be the first time clergy of different faiths were giving essentially the same sermon - all at the same time.
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