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What is the U.S. Food Waste Challenge?

On June 4, 2013 the U.S. Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on everyone across the food chain – farms, agricultural processors, food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, universities, schools, and local governments – to join efforts to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste.  The goal is to raise awareness about food waste and provide resources that help organizations and individuals:

  • Reduce food waste by improving product development, storage, shopping/ordering, marketing, labeling, and cooking methods.
  • Recover food waste by connecting potential food donors to hunger relief organizations like food banks and pantries.
  • Recycle food waste to feed animals or to create compost, bioenergy and natural fertilizers.

For organizations that are engaging in activities that reduce, recover, or recycle food waste and join the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, the USDA will highlight your activities and share your story.  Businesses and organizations can also work with experts from the Environmental Protection Agency to measure food waste and attain reduction goals.  As more organizations add their voice to the movement, momentum will build until we see real changes in the way we manage food and food waste in the United States.  

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