40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted
Meanwhile, 50 million Americans are food insecure.
This disturbing reality is destructive to the environment and to the health of our communities. Each time food goes uneaten, all the resources that went into producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food are wasted too. This means huge amounts of land, water, energy, money, and other materials are depleted unnecessarily. Wasting all this food is costly to individuals, businesses, municipalities and the environment. Given the resources demanded for food production, the increasing realities of climate change, and the fact that 1 in 6 Americans are hungry, it is critical that we shift our behaviors towards a more sustainable and efficient use of food.
At Food Shift, we know that food isn’t waste— it’s valuable nutrition that uses precious environmental resources and should be used to feed people in our communities. Through our events, online resources, and collaborative programs we provide guidance and promote opportunities for individuals, organizations, and businesses to use food waste reduction as a strategy that saves money, benefits the community, and alleviates strain on the environment. By trimming waste and diverting food loss we can alleviate hunger, create jobs, combat climate change, conserve natural resources, and cultivate more sustainable communities.