More Than

63 Million Tons of Food

are Wasted Each Year

Why Food Rescue?

Over 63 million tons of food are wasted each year. That’s roughly 40% 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.
  • Wasted food in the US is estimated at over 63 million tons each year2, 93.7% of which goes directly into landfills3.
  • Wasted food consumes 21% of our nation’s freshwater and 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.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts has 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.