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Impact

Food Shift became a project of Earth Island Institute in January 2012. Since then, Food Shift has established itself as a key educator, innovator, and leader within the movement toward a more ethical use of food. Some of our key accomplishments include:

  • No kid should be hungry. Food Shift designed and implemented a food donation program with 13 Oakland schools that redistributed 14,000 pounds of food to students, their families, and community agencies. Food Shift is currently developing an implementation guide to assist schools across the country in setting up food recovery programs.
Food Shift recovered over 44,000 lbs of food from our Oakland school food recovery program.

Food Shift recovered over 44,000 lbs of food from our Oakland school food recovery program.

  • Increased public awareness. Food Shift launched two public transit ad campaigns in 2013 and 2014 to raise awareness of wasted food and hunger. The ads were seen by millions and 67% of those surveyed said they would be less likely to waste food as a result of seeing the 2014 ads.
Food Shift's BART ads that highlighted the connection between wasted food and wasted water.

Food Shift’s BART ads highlighted the connection between wasted food and wasted water. 67% of those surveyed said they would be less likely to waste food as a result of seeing these ads.

  • Saving food from events. People at Bay Area conferences eat well, and often the uneaten, high quality food from these events goes to waste. Food Shift partnered with BALLE, Airbnb, Bioneers, and Centro Community Partners to collect and redistribute food from their events. Learn more about our food recovery services here.
Food Shift recovered X pounds of food from the BALLE Conference.

Food Shift recovered over 500 pounds of food from the BALLE Conference.

  • Building a national movement. Food Shift co-hosted and planned two large-scale educational events, the Zero Food Waste Forum conference and Feeding the 5000, to discuss solutions to wasted food, to spark national collaboration, and to build movement momentum.
Food Shift's team at Oakland's Feeding the 5000. We helped turn tens of thousands of pounds of surplus food into a delicious soup for the public!

Food Shift’s team at Oakland’s Feeding the 5000. We helped turn tens of thousands of pounds of surplus food into a delicious soup for the public!

  • Business food recovery. Food Shift set up and managed a food donation and waste tracking program for Andronico’s Community Markets that recovered almost 50,000 pounds of food in 3 months, saved the store $27,000 in reduced waste disposal costs, and increased the reported happiness level of 87% of store staff.

Food Shift set up a food recovery and waste tracking program at Andronico’s Community Markets that recovered almost 50,000 lbs of food and put a store on track to save $27k in reduced waste disposal costs.

  • County-wide action. Food Shift was hired by Santa Clara County, CA to conduct research and compile a report outlining existing food recovery programs, barriers identified by the community, and suggested steps of government action to improve the current food recovery system in the county. The report can be viewed here.
The primary challenges for food recovery in Santa Clara County, as identified by food assistance/recovery groups. The above percentages reflect the % of groups surveyed that identify each challenge as a top challenge.

Food Shift conducted research in Santa Clara County, CA to identify the largest barriers and opportunities to food rescue in the county, as well as make recommendations for the county to improve the system.