Food Waste in America

Food Waste Statistics

Feeding America understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. Last year, the Feeding America network and our partners diverted over 2 billion pounds of safe, edible food that might otherwise have gone to waste, to Americans facing hunger.

But we know that there is more to do. With an estimated 70 billion pounds of food waste in America each year, we must work together to capture more of this valuable resource for the nearly 42 million people in the United States who feel the effects of food insecurity. 

Food Waste Statistics:

  • An estimated 25 – 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US will never be consumed.
  • When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
  • More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW).

Did you know? Feeding America is a member of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)

Food Donation Tax Incentives:

  • Did you know that there is a federal tax incentive that ALL food donors can take when donating food, whether they are large or small, grower, packer, rancher, food manufacturer, retailer, restaurant, and more? The federal food donation tax deduction provides an enhanced tax deduction when food is donated to a 501c3 nonprofit for the care of the ill, needy, or infants.
  • Learn more about how this important incentive can help you donate food! Click here to download a brochure from Deloitte Tax and Feeding America.

How to Reduce Food Waste in America & Feed Hungry Families

Accomplishing this work will require a large increase in infrastructure, capacity and staffing, at both the local and national level. Join us to become part of the solution. Sign up and pledge to help reduce food waste in America and learn more about this issue. The solution starts with you.

Learn about one solution to saving green beans that would otherwise go to waste.

*Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Food Waste Reduction Alliance 



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