Feeding America is able to make your dollar stretch so far because of the successful partnerships we build.
Unlike walking into a grocery store and paying retail prices for food, Feeding America works directly with major manufacturers, retailers, and other partners across the country to secure safe, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste. According to a ReFED study conducted in 2016, 72 billion pounds of food are wasted in America each year.
Because of these successful partnerships, every dollar helps Feeding America secure and distribute 14 pounds of food and grocery product through our nationwide network of food banks.
The average wholesale value of these groceries is $1.67 per pound, according to the June 2016 Feeding America Product Valuation Study, KPMG, Audited.
Pounds of food are converted into meals per dollar by using the finding from USDA “What We Eat in America” 2011-2012 stating that an average meal is 1.2 lbs. of food. We have removed water from total pounds to align with the USDA’s practice of excluding water (plain water, like tap water, with no calories or enhancements).