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Food for the planet: The Clean Plate Club

I have recently volunteered with some great causes and campaigns through MN350. One of my favorite programs at MN350 is The Clean Plate Club. This is a group of restaurants that are coming together to reduce food waste practices. Members of the CPC work to keep food out of landfills by donating that food to local food shelves and composting food scraps to create rich soil. Almost 40% of food in the United States is wasted, and about 15% of this comes from food service. Food waste accounts for about 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Please support these restaurants and work together to create improvements for our food system. You can see all the members in Minnesota below.

This reduction in food waste reduces emissions, conserves resources, and also provides an opportunity to donate food to those who need it.

Also – listen to the Nourish podcast ‘Ripple Effect’ Episode to learn more. In this episode Sarah Riedl, Cassie Hagen, and Lisa Chou talk about how partnerships between small businesses, non-profits, and government entities have been successful at reducing food waste in Minnesota. Leaders like Dan Swenson-Klatt from Butter Bakery and Leslie Duling-McCollam from Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy discuss inspiring examples of the kinds of partnership we need more of, how they’ve been part of MN350’s Clean Plate Club campaign, and the challenges we still face towards achieving a waste-free future, plus lots of ways listeners like you can take action.

Shared with permission by MN350.

Clean Plate Club Members

Roots Roasting


1552 Saint Clair Ave., St. Paul


So Mala Cafe and Grill

Fresh Somali Food

360 University Ave. West, St. Paul


Tori Ramen

Noodle Specialist offering Pork-Free Ramen, Vegetarian, and Vegan options

603 7th St West, St. Paul


Saint Paul Meat Shop

Whole-Animal Butcher and Deli

1674 Grand Ave., St. Paul


West Indies Soul Food Truck

Authentic Caribbean and Southern Soul Food

Check website for location


Grandma’s Bakery

Donuts, Fritters, Breads, Cakes, and More

2184 B 4th St, Downtown White Bear Lake


The Buttered Tin

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Bakery

237 7th St. East, St. Paul


Cookie Cart


946 Payne Ave., St. Paul

1119 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis


J Selby’s

Plant-Based Restaurant

169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul


Churchill St.

Food, Drink, Community

4606 Churchill St., Shoreview



Sustainable Sushi

3758 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis


Butter Bakery Cafe

Small Batch, From Scratch Bakery, Kitchen, and Coffee Shop

3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis


Blog post: Butter Bakery

Honey & Rye Bakehouse

Neighborhood Bakery

4501 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park


Luci Ancora

Italian Dining

2060 Randolph Ave., St. Paul


Brake Bread

Subscription-Based Bakery, All by Bike

1174 7th St. W., St. Paul


Kopplin’s Coffee

Café and Wholesaler

2038 Marshall Ave, St. Paul

Website, FacebookInstagram

Wise Acre Eatery

Farm-Fresh Eatery and Deli

5401 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis


Blog post: Wise Acre Eatery

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