Feeding America has joined forces with the USDA and EPA to help reduce food waste and provide more food to Americans in need. The effort has been named “U.S. Food Waste Challenge.” It was launched Tuesday.
“Feeding America is honored to be a founding partner, along with numerous food industry members, in the launch of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America. “The importance of reducing food waste by capturing excess food and providing it to people in need is not a new concept for Feeding America and our food donation partners. Last year, the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks and our partners diverted over two billion pounds of food to feed Americans facing hunger.
“However, we know we can and should do more. With an estimated 70 billion pounds of nutritious food going to waste each year, we must work together to capture this valuable resource for hungry Americans.
“Feeding America looks forward to working with USDA, EPA, and our food industry partners to further reduce food waste and feed our struggling neighbors in communities across America.”
In the featured photo at top: Feeding America’s Bob Aiken helps launch the U.S. Food Waste Challenge.