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More Than

54 Million Tons of Food

are Wasted Each Year

Why Food Rescue?

Over 54 million tons of food are wasted each year. That’s roughly 35% of all available food in the United States. 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 food2, of which 54 million tons ended up in landfills or were otherwise wasted3.
  • Wasted food consumes 14% of our nation’s freshwater and 18% of crop land and accounts for 24% of our landfill volume4.
  • The value of food wasted annually in the US is over $285 billion5.


To alleviate hunger:

  • Over 50 million Americans are food insecurity, an increase over pre-pandemic figures 6.
  • Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity in Massachusetts alone has increased from around 9% to over 17% at the end of June 2020. This number is higher for families with children 7.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts experienced the greatest percentage increase in food insecurity anywhere in the nation.


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.