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Mei serves locally grown food at a reasonable
cost, provides employee education and
empowerment training, and avoids food waste.
The restaurant incorporates food scraps into
recipes, provides low-cost food to employees
through a wholesale program, donate what
cannot be used, and has CERO pick up the rest
for composting. Mei Mei and CERO’s partnership
represents a perfect food loop – Mei Mei sources
some of its produce directly from the very same
local farms that use compost from its food waste.
CERO also partners with Green City Growers, an
edible landscaping and urban farming business
converting unused spaces to places where
food is grown, revitalizing city landscapes and
inspiring self-sufficiency. They install gardens
in people’s homes, at restaurants, corporate
offices, and grocery stores, and their clients
use the produce in their businesses, cafeterias,
or for donations -- around 5,000 pounds of
their produce is donated to food banks each
year. They also run educational programs
about growing your own food for students and
seniors. Green City Growers has a goal to create
a regenerative, local food system throughout
the country, and their partnership with CERO
is an essential part of that system. Not only
does CERO collect plant waste from Green City
Growers to turn into compost, it also delivers
the compost made from that waste for Green
City Growers to enrich their soil.
In addition, CERO serves Daily Table, a nonprofit
grocery store that collects donated foods
from manufacturers, stores, and farms like
Green City Growers and offers them to lowincome communities at affordable prices. After
distribution, CERO collects leftover food and
composts it so that nothing is wasted.
Waste-conscious businesses and nonprofits
like Mei Mei, Green City Growers, and Daily Table
show the promise of local, sustainable zero
waste food systems rooted in social justice.
CERO’s connects these efforts together in a loop
that prevents waste while creating green jobs,
healthy soil, and more vibrant communities.
These organizations are helping Boston reach
the ambitious goals set forth in its Zero Waste
Plan while transforming Boston into a place
where workers and communities can thrive.
Rie Macchiarolo, Lacey Oliver (Green City Growers) and Maya Gaul
of CERO Co-op at the Green City Growers HQ in Somerville, MA.