Fighting Hunger While Reducing Wasted Food
Fighting Hunger While Reducing Wasted Food: Opportunities for food recovery in the U.S. and Iowa
Subject of Breakout: Food Rescue/Recovery | Technology / Innovation | Wasted Food
In the U.S., we currently waste approximately 63 million tons of food annually, constituting 40 percent of all the food we produce. In addition to squandering natural resources and costing an estimated $218 billion every year, the dramatic scale of food that goes uneaten is particularly alarming given that millions of people across the country continue to struggle with food insecurity.
Moderated by ReFED, this session will explore opportunities to use food recovery as a means of providing wholesome, nutritious food to help alleviate hunger, while simultaneously achieving a range of social, environmental, and economic benefits associated with reducing wasted food.
The session will emphasize food recovery opportunities and challenges that exist in Iowa, and will feature panel discussion exploring the potential for innovation, investment, and sound public policy to accelerate the successful implementation of recovery solutions on the national and local levels.
Robert Brownell | Polk County Board of Supervisors
Lynette Marchant | Community School Coordinator, Scavo Full Service High School
About the Organizations:
ReFED is a national nonprofit that collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, and government agencies to reduce U.S. food waste at scale, the session will include an overview of this issue along with an analysis of food recovery solutions that could provide 1.8 billion meals annually, while keeping 1.1 million tons of perfectly edible food out of the landfill every year.
Eat Greater Des Moines is a central Iowa-based organization that facilitates and builds connections to strengthen the area’s food system. Our mission is to identify, develop, and connect resources with the broader community to support the entire food lifecycle in central Iowa.
The Food Rescue Partnership is a Quad Cities coalition that promotes rescuing food for its best possible use.