In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This figure, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010.
USDA is uniquely positioned to address this problem by working with federal, state, tribal and local governments, faith-based institutions, farmers, industry, and consumers to raise food loss and waste awareness and share best practices.
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U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions
The staggering amount of wasted food in the United States has far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation and climate change. To help galvanize national efforts to reduce food loss and waste, USDA and EPA announced the United States’ first-ever food loss and waste reduction goal in September 2015, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030.
Government alone cannot reach this goal. It will require effort and action from the entire food system. The 2030 Champions are stepping up to do their part to help the nation reach this critical goal.
U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions are businesses and organizations that have made a public commitment to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations in the United States by 50 percent by the year 2030. Since 2016, 21 corporations have been named as U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. These champions include Ahold USA, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup Company, Conagra Brands, Delhaize America, General Mills, Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart, Wegman's Food Markets, Weis Markets and YUM! Brands. Read more about their commitment to this national effort.
We encourage more businesses and organizations to become U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions and reduce food loss and waste in their operations. To join the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, organizations may complete and submit the 2030 Champions form (PDF, 264 KB), in which they commit to reduce food loss and waste in their own operations and periodically report their progress on their website.Join Now