Food loss and waste in the United States accounts for approximately 31%—or 133 billion pounds—of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers.
At the same time that 1 in 6 Americans are struggling to put food on the table…
- Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion worth of food each year;
- The uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for 16% of U.S. methane emissions;
- Reducing food losses by just 15% would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year.1
In 2014 IFFS recovered and redistributed over 6.5 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. We aim to reduce loss not only at the retail level, but also at the farm level with our gleaning program. All told, approximately 7% of planted fields in the United States are typically not harvested each year for a variety of reasons.
Source: Gunders, Dana. Wasted: How America is Losing up to 40% Percent of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. Natural Resources Defense Council. (August 2012)
More on Food Waste in America: Estimating and Addressing America’s Food Loss (UDSA ERS 1997)
Learn more and take action
IFFS reduces food waste through Food Recovery and Distribution and through Field Gleaning, making sure that good food that would have otherwise gone wasted, gets into the hands and bellies of our neighbors in need.
Volunteer as a drive on one of our truck routes, or as a field gleaner!
Raise awareness of hunger in our community and learn more about the issue here.[ssba]