Preventing Food Waste

Montgomery County (TX) Food Bank’s John Kreger discusses the intersection of sustainability and preventing food waste.

On this latest episode of the Sustainably Speaking podcast, we discuss critical issues related to community health and sustainability — food waste and food insecurity. Every day, millions of Americans lack access to fresh, nutritious food, yet each year 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted on average. One of the major contributors? Insufficient or improper food packaging. However, support from local food banks and advancements in sustainable plastic packaging can help delay spoilage across the production cycle, bringing fresh meats, produce, and dairy products to underserved communities.

Host Joshua Baca is joined by John Kreger, Chief Operating Officer at the Montgomery County (TX) Food Bank, to discuss the role sustainable plastic packaging plays in extending shelf life and preventing food loss.

On This Episode:

John Kreger, Chief Operating Officer of Montgomery County Food Bank

John Kreger is Chief Operating Officer of Montgomery County Food Bank, leading all aspects of the food bank’s food sourcing, inventory management and food distribution. Prior to joining Montgomery County Food Bank, John spent 11 years with Houston Food Bank and over 20 years with several retail food brokers. During his time in the food retail brokerage industry, John co-owned a produce brokerage company.

John has been involved with the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association for more than 15 years, serving as President twice and continues to help the association as a Member at Large. John is involved with several community groups, including the Conroe Noon Lions Club and has served on their Board.

A native of the Spring Klein area, John is married to his high school sweetheart, Tammy, of 38 years. They have one son who is married and two wonderful grandchildren.