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:

  • More than 37,000,000 Americans cannot access enough food to feed themselves and their families6.
  • In 2018, more than 615,000 people in Massachusetts struggled to put food on the table7.
  • 1 in 11 people and 1 in 9 children in Massachusetts faces hunger8.
  • Households with children experience higher rates of food insecurity. The rate of food insecurity within households with children under age 6 is 14.3%9.
  • 15.7% of households with children in Massachusetts reported that they lacked enough money to consistently buy food in the past twelve months10.
  • Prevalence rates of food insecurity vary considerably by state. During the three year period from 2016 to 2018, Massachusetts suffered from food insecurity below the US average11.

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 local 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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