In America, we have enough food to feed every man, woman and child, yet 72 billion pounds of safe, edible food goes to waste each year. In fact, an estimated 25 – 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed. And more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste.
We work with manufacturers, distributors, retailers, food service companies and farmers to gather food before it goes to waste.
The long-term effects of hunger and poor nutrition can be devastating. That’s why it’s not enough to provide families with food. They need a healthy variety of foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein. Each year, we do more to secure these foods for our nationwide network of food banks.