Northern California (January 10, 2024) — Dignity Health Dominican Hospital Santa Cruz and Sequoia Hospital Redwood City announced a new partnership with Replate, a leading food recovery organization in an effort to combat climate change while helping those in our communities who don’t have enough to eat.
Food waste has emerged as a pressing global challenge, particularly in its association with global warming. In fact, according to the United Nations, it ranks as the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses worldwide.
This effort is in compliance with California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane, and address food insecurity throughout the state. Dignity Health California hospitals, which are members of CommonSpirit Health, and Replate will launch a food recovery initiative beginning January 1, 2024 to redirect surplus food from Dignity Health hospitals to local community organizations.
“It’s important that we help mitigate climate change, and if we can do that while simultaneously addressing food insecurities, it’s a win-win. As a healthcare organization, we are well aware of the impact the environment can have on our communities, from things like increased risk of cardiovascular disease, COPD and asthma,” shares Julie Sprengel, President, CommonSpirit Health’s California Region. “This partnership is not merely a collaboration; it embodies our pledge to make our world healthier both within our hospitals and throughout the communities we serve.”
In February 2023, two Dignity Health hospitals in the San Francisco area implemented a pilot program with Replate. In those nine months, the results are impressive and inspiring with 5,526 pounds of food rescued, 11,328 pounds of CO2 diverted, 1,512,965 gallons of water saved and more than 4,600 meals provided to Bay area organizations serving those most in need. These figures represent, not only a reduction in waste, but a tangible contribution to a healthier environment and support for those facing food insecurities.
"We're excited to partner with Dignity Health to reduce food waste and contribute to community well-being,” states Maen Mahfoud, CEO at Replate. “Health care, our environment, and nutrition security are all connected. With this type of collaboration, we can create system change and make the impossible possible."
Replate will use its technology platform to identify and recover surplus food from Dignity Health facilities, ensuring compliance with SB 1383. This partnership exemplifies a shared commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability, demonstrating how collaboration can drive positive change.
About CommonSpirit Health
CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 142 hospitals and nearly 2,200 care sites across 24 states. In FY 2023, CommonSpirit had revenues of $34.6 billion and provided $5 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at www.commonspirit.org.
Replate is a mission-driven technology company connecting businesses with surplus food to communities in need, addressing hunger, and promoting environmental sustainability. Learn more at https://www.replate.org/.