Over 54 million tons of food are wasted each year. That means roughly 35% of all available food in the United States goes unsold or uneaten. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to mitigating the environmental impact that wasted food has on our planet while addressing food insecurity in our communities.
To combat wasted food:
- In the United States, we produce enough food to feed far more than our population1.
- In 2019, there were 229 million tons of surplus food1, of which 54 million tons ended up in landfills or were otherwise wasted2.
- Wasted food consumes 14% of our nation’s freshwater and 18% of cropland and accounts for 24% of our landfill volume1.
- The value of food wasted annually in the US is over $285 billion1.
To alleviate hunger:
- At the height of the pandemic, it was reported that around 54 million Americans faced food insecurity. And while rates of food insecurity have leveled off since reopening, approximately 42 million Americans continue to face food insecurity, an increase over pre-pandemic figures. That’s 42 million too many 3.
- Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity in Massachusetts alone increased from around 9% to over 17% at the end of June 2020. This number is higher for families with children 4.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts experienced the greatest percentage increase in food insecurity anywhere in the nation5.
To change the conversation:
In addition to our direct distribution services, we work to foster increased awareness of the ongoing issues of wasted food and food insecurity in our communities by educating the public, engaging with our local and state leaders, and participating in discussions at the national level about food rescue.
1 ReFed Insight Engine
2 United States Environmental Protection Agency: Sustainable Management of Food
3 United States Department of Agriculture: Economic Research Service
4 Project Bread: COVID-19’s Impact on Food
5 Project Bread: Hunger By The Numbers