Bon Appétit Management Company
Claire Cummings is a trash-talking, waste-fighting garbage guerrilla—more formally known as the first-ever Waste Specialist for Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the pioneering food service provider that operates more than 500 cafés in 32 states for corporations, universities, and museums around the country. Over the past year Claire has doubled Bon Appétit's food-recovery programs, developed implementation guides for launching reusable to-go container programs, supported the development of a new kitchen-waste-tracking system, and helped launch the Imperfectly Delicious program, which has rescued more than 10,000 pounds of produce from going to waste on farms in the first few months of its limited pilot operations. Claire's passion for sustainable waste management began when she was a student dining at Bon Appétit's café at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Her work as a Fellow for the foundation led to the creation of the Waste Specialist position.