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Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC at Do Space to host food waste discussion as part of sustainability series

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St., will host the discussion “Sustainable Solutions for Food Waste” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event is part of the Claire M. Hubbard Sustainability Speaker Series, and will feature guest speakers Gary Oppenheimer, founder and executive director at, and Beth Ostdiek Smith, founder, president and CEO of Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue.

The discussion will feature presentations on how to close the gap between food waste and hungry people. The event will also include a community sustainable showcase, with area sustainability-focused organizations present to share information and network. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

About Gary Oppenheimer

Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, Gary Oppenheimer created – a nationwide program enabling America’s 42 million home and community gardeners to donate their excess bounty to thousands of food pantries nationwide.

About Beth Ostdiek Smith

Beth Ostdiek Smith is a skilled leader in business management, marketing, fundraising, donor development and public speaking. Beth’s life passion is to collaborate with others in our community to bring together a brighter future. She is now expanding her focus through Saving Grace to help our food desert community’s nutritional needs while saving our landfills. “Feeding bellies, Not Landfills”.


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.