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The Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier of the Food Recovery Hierarchy focuses on different management strategies for your wasted food.
The top levels of the hierarchy are the best ways to prevent and divert wasted food because they create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy.
In 2015, over 39 million tons of food waste was generated in the United States. (39 MILLION TONS!) While Americans dispose of millions of tons of food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that approximately 12 percent of American households - about 41 million people (41 MILLION PEOPLE!) had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources at some time during 2016. In the majority of cases, the food tossed into our nation’s landfills is wholesome, edible food.
What is needed is the connector. That is Food Connection.
We can be leaders in our communities by collecting unspoiled, healthy food and donating it to our neighbors in need. By donating food, we’re feeding people, not landfills, supporting local communities, and saving money.
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September 6, 2017
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today that 12.3 percent of American households remain food insecure – meaning that 1 in 8 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members. Although figures have improved since the peak of food insecurity in 2011 following the Great Recession, the numbers of people experiencing food insecurity have not reached pre-recession lows.
The report released today, Household Food Security in the United States in 2016, is published by USDA’s Economic Research Service and reports on data collected in December 2016. The report also presents statistics on how much households spent on food, and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in federal and community food assistance programs for 2016.
According to USDA, more than 41 million Americans face hunger, including nearly 13 million children. Some of the groups experiencing the highest rates of food insecurity include households with children led by single women and people living below the poverty level. In addition, about a quarter of food-insecure households report incomes that make them ineligible for any form of federal food assistance.
“Even though the economy is slowly recovering from the recession, this report should be a siren to stakeholders that there is still much work to be done,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “Hunger in America is an extensive problem, but not one without a solution. We need policymakers, food banks, corporations, farmers and funders to work together to strengthen federal nutrition programs, reduce wasted food, and increase access to nutritious food so that all of members of our communities get the nourishment they need.”
The problem in the U.S. is not a lack of food, it is an overproduction and distribution problem.
Food Connection connects the dots by pairing those with too much food, to those without enough food.
By providing local nonprofit partners with rescued fresh meals, they are able to free up resources and reallocate some of the funds once used for purchasing and preparing food, to other good works.
Please consider donating to our cause to help us expand our mission of reducing waste and easing hunger.
In North America we waste 168 million tons of food each year- enough food to fill up 13 football stadiums. This food could have fed 260 million people! "Waste is nothing more than lack of imagination." - Aaron Kramer, poet + social activist.
Learn how to conduct a Food Waste Audit to see how you're doing. If the results aren't great there are tips to wasting less moving forward. If you're still losing food along the way, don't fret! Try backyard composting or in the Asheville area sign up for Compost Now and they'll do the hard part for you.
By simply making a list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money and time and eat healthier food. If you buy no more than what you expect to use, you will be more likely to keep it fresh and use it all.
It is easy to overbuy or forget about fresh fruits and vegetables. Store fruits and vegetables for maximum freshness; they’ll taste better and last longer, helping you to eat more of them.
Be mindful of old ingredients and leftovers you need to use up. You’ll waste less and may even find a new favorite dish.
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