One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the incredible food and all the small and creative businesses thriving in this industry – and I love that I have the opportunity to use my photography to help spread their mission! Alyssa Hernandez – owner of Prosper Preserve and No Hunger NOLA – is a true force to be reckoned with.
Alyssa takes excess food that wouldn’t be used (and eventually be thrown away) from restaurants and grocery stores and produces canned goods, fighting against food waste. Alyssa was homeless for a time as a teenager and this makes her passion for food access unstoppable.
From Alyssa’s website:
40% of food produced in the U.S. ends up in the garbage – all while one in eight Americans struggle to find their next meal. And in #NOLA, these numbers are even higher – one in five New Orleanians don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
To us, this is absurd – and totally unnecessary.
That’s why our mission is to save as much “waste” as possible, preserve it (que the tasty preserves & crunchy pickles ) – and to get it back where it belongs – in hungry bellies.
Their products are always rotating – when I photographed them in my New Orleans studio, they brought some delicious kimchi and so many different jams!
I’m so amazed and inspired by you, Alyssa!
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