Today, nearly 50 million Americans are food insecure; meanwhile, approximately 40% of all food produced is ultimately wasted. There is an urgent need to reduce food waste by recovering and redirecting excess edible food to pantries and other public agencies for its intended purpose: feeding people.
Donating excess food is not only the right thing to do; it’s smart business. There are cost benefits and tax deductions associated with reducing food waste. Plus, a growing number of states are mandating a reduction in food waste destined for local landfills, where it creates toxic methane gas (a known greenhouse gas pollutant).
There are numerous social, environmental, and economic benefits associated with participation in an excess edible food recovery program that align with the core goals, objectives, and values of every food industry company. Unfortunately, most current food recovery efforts are local in scope and lack the capacity to service the needs of regional and national food industry companies.