The Environmental Opportunity of Food Donation
What if we could feed 1 billion people while protecting the planet?
Globally, farmers are producing over 22 billion pounds of produce every single day – enough to feed every single person on this planet nearly two times over.
The Environmental Cost of That Scale
Wasted food isn't just wasted food.
Wasted food isn't just wasted food. It represents a loss of money, transportation, production, packaging, labor, water, and energy.
It represents a loss of
$161 billion worth of food is wasted annually. The money lost from 2 years of food waste in the U.S. could eradicate global hunger and malnutrition for an entire year.*
*The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States" (USDA,2018)
The average distance food moves from farm to distribution center is 1500 miles in the U.S.
In the United States, agricultural land covers 140 million acres, equal to 106 million football fields.
The energy lost from food waste in the United States is capable of powering more than 50 million U.S. homes. That's nearly 36% of all homes.
From the farmers, packers, and distributors... to the truck drivers, fork lifters, and shippers... to the food banks, community organizers, and volunteers... It takes a whole village to bring food to our tables.