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More Than

63 Million Tons of Food

are Wasted Each Year

Why Food Rescue?

Over 63 million tons of food are wasted each year — roughly 40% of all the available food in the United States. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is committed to mitigating the environmental impact that food waste has on our planet while addressing food insecurity in our communities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

To combat food waste:

  • In the United States, we produce enough food to feed far more than our population1.
  • Food waste in the US is estimated at over 63 million tons each year2, 93.7% of which goes directly into landfills3.
  • Food waste consumes 21% of our nation’s freshwater, 18% of crop land and accounts for 21% of our landfill volume4.
  • The value of food wasted annually in the US is over $218 billion5.


To alleviate hunger:

  • Pre-pandemic, 37,000,000 Americans were considered food insecure 6.
  • Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity in Massachusetts alone has increased from around 9% pre-pandemic to over 17% at the end of June 2020. This number is higher for families with children 7.


To change the conversation:

In addition to our direct distribution services, we work to foster increased awareness of the ongoing issues of food waste 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.

“Organizations like Lovin’ Spoonfuls can actually solve the problem of food waste, which is a national tragedy.”
– Andrew Zimmern, host and co-creator of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, and author of The Bizarre Truth

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