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Did you know that wasted food is a local and global problem with profound financial, social, and environmental impacts?

  • Wasted food is the #1 item in the landfill. In the US, we throw away enough food to fill the Oakland Coliseum to the top 1.5 times each day.
  • Approximately 40% of food in the US goes to waste – that’s like going to the grocery store, buying 5 bags of produce, and dropping two on your walk home without picking them back up.
  • Wasted food is a significant contributor to the climate crisis. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • If global food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd largest contributor to greenhouse gases behind the US and China. Reducing wasted food is an easy way to minimize your climate impact.