Every day, edible food that can feed millions of people is thrown out by grocery stores because it’s not aesthetically pleasing. It’s not a small amount of food either- around 70 billion pounds of food gets thrown away when there are millions of people going hungry. Groups like Feeding America have stepped in and diverted some of this food for the hungry but there is still much more to do. Read this article for more details, and what you can do to help.
- Grocery stores routinely toss food they deem they can’t sell anymore. Yet it’s still perfectly fine to eat.
- 25 – 40% of the food grown goes to waste. It rots away in landfills producing the greenhouse gas methane.
- There is a federal tax incentive for food donors that too few businesses take advantage of. Food donations can help feed the many who go hungry in the U.S.
“Last year, the Feeding America network and our partners diverted over 2 billion pounds of safe, edible food that might otherwise have gone to waste, to Americans facing hunger. Amazing.”