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5 Questions with Bobby Kutteh - CEO, Compass One Healthcare

1. What motivated your personal interest in sustainability and food waste reduction?

Having been involved with World Vision, The Salvation Army and volunteering at a number of soup kitchens over the years, I am constantly reminded of the many hungry and starving people. It hurts my heart to see so many people in need, especially when the amount of food waste that goes on in our country is so outrageous. Now I have a platform to really make a difference, and I am touched by how our Morrison accounts are reducing food waste. I’ve seen first-hand how they are partnering with our customers to set up food donation programs in our communities. It’s humbling and inspiring, and makes a large difference to so many.

2. Can you share a story about a food waste hero who inspired you?

I am especially proud of our Morrison Mission Health team in Asheville, NC. Their Food Waste efforts and the hugely successful Food Recovery program with the Asheville Poverty Initiative have been remarkable. We’ve also provided our operators with great tools and expertise to help them along the way, which reflects the awesome power and collaboration that’s being leveraged across Compass Group. My hope is to continue to broaden our reach to many more communities that we serve.

3. What change have you made personally to be more mindful?

My wife and I are doing a few small things, such as being more intentional about weekly meal planning and grocery lists. We also try not to go grocery shopping when we’re hungry, and ask about portion sizes when ordering at a restaurant so we can split entrées.   

4. What will it take for America to make food waste a priority?

I believe the majority of Americans are caring people. Building and sustaining healthy communities in our country and stopping food waste should be of significant importance to most everyone. This is a big challenge and unfortunately, not something that will go away with a flip of a switch. We need more food providers and food companies, as Compass has, to make it a corporate priority and part of its culture.

5. What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

We’re all moving so fast every day and time is precious for everyone. But make it a habit to view the food you prepare and serve at home as a limited resource, and be smart about your portions and leftovers. There are so many good ideas for using leftover vegetables or protein – get creative! It doesn’t take a lot to make a huge difference, just some good old-fashioned planning and mindfulness, and of course, a caring spirit.