40% of food produced in the United States is thrown away, leading to 133 billion pounds of wasted food on a yearly basis.
1 in 7 people in the U.S. face hunger every year. The rate among children is even higher, with approximately 1 in 5 lacking proper access to food at some point during the year.
Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local soup kitchens and other hunger relief organizations for support.
According to the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), wasted food is the single biggest material in our everyday trash to occupy American landfills, and accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions.
And the problem is only getting worse! Food waste in America has increased by 50% since 1990, and over 204% since 1960.
Reducing food waste by rescuing edible, wholesome food from our community not only helps the 40 million Americans facing hunger but also takes a large step in in protecting our planet and conserving our resources.
Specifically, reducing food waste directly helps to address climate change, as 20 percent of total U.S. methane emissions come from landfills. By keeping wholesome and nutritious food in our communities and out of our landfills, we can help address the 42 million Americans that live in food insecure households.
The U.S. government believes that this is so essential that the USDA joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set a domestic goal to reduce our nation’s food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030. The NRDC believes that reducing food waste by just 15% would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year — at a time when 1 in 7 Americans lack a secure supply of food and 46.5 million people use food banks.
With the help of an easy to use phone app, FoodRescueUS, we deploy food runners who connect with food donors and receiving agencies that are helping to ease hunger in South Florida and beyond.
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