Tackling climate change and alleviating hunger: States recycle and donate food headed to landfills

Recovered food is prepared to be distributed Nov. 15 at a mobile food bank at Feeding Westchester in Elmsford, N.Y.. A growing number of states are working to keep food out of landfills over concerns that it is taking up too much space and posing environmental problems. Some states including New York are requiring supermarkets and other businesses to redirect food to food pantries. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — When Sean Rafferty got his start in the grocery business, anything that wasn’t sold got tossed out.