Did you know that 40% of the food produced in the United States never gets eaten? Meanwhile, 1 in 6 people will go hungry tonight. Food Shift is developing collaborative solutions with communities, businesses and schools that ensure more people eat, and less food is wasted. Their solutions go beyond traditional food recovery and food assistance by creating jobs in the recovery, redistribution and processing of surplus food.
Whether it’s moldy cheese, limp celery, or long-lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week–and you’re not alone. Americans waste about 25% of all food purchases. When we throw away food, we’re also wasting all the water, energy, and other resources used to produce, package and transport food to our plates.
The average family of 4 could save between $1,600 and $2200 a year by sending less food to the landfill.
What can you do to help? You can sign Food Shift's Pledge to reduce waste, and then put to use some of Food Shift's helpful tips and strategies for reducing food waste at home, school, or in your business.
Currently, Food Shift is working with the Oakland Unified School District to recover excess food from school cafeterias and redistribute it to families in need. They are also collaborating with food assistance agencies to develop innovative recovery and redistribution models that generate revenue so vulnerable populations can be trained and employed in the process of reducing food waste.
In just two years, Food Shift has kept 20,000 lbs of food out of the waste stream and helped to feed hundreds of families in California’s Bay Area. Learn more at www.foodshift.net.