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Food Waste & Hunger


Green BeansTwo important and related facts:

1.  The United States Department of Agriculture & National Resource Defense Council estimate that nearly half the food grown and produced in the US goes to waste.

2.  Food insecurity in our communities continues to be very high.  More than 50 million Americans rely on help from their local food banks to fill the gaps near the end of the month when their paychecks and food benefits run out.

How these facts work together is complicated: Farmers and others in the food industry hate to see the food they’ve worked so hard to produce go to waste. Food banks want to provide the healthiest food possible for the men, women and especially children that they are helping.

Below are links to information related to food waste and hunger.  If you have information that should be included, please let us know!



Learn about food waste

Ecopack food waste article webAccording to a recent USDA study, 141 trillion calories go to waste daily.  Read the NPR Salt article here.

foodcowboy NPR webStartups like Food Cowboy & Cropmobster are applying new technology to reduce food waste and reroute produce to charities.  


Potatoes in the field“Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten.”  Learn more about NRDC’s studies.

RFH_Work_Party-185We can all waste food in our own homes when  “sell by”, “use by” and “best by” dates all tell us something different.  This report looks into the confusion.


food-waste-sidebar-picModern Farmer recently focused on food waste, its causes and potential solutions.  Read the article

us-food-distribution-mapFood Shift is dedicated to reducing waste increasing access to food for those in need.  Visit their site to learn more.


Learn about hunger in Washington
_MG_1273“The new normal for food banks and hunger relief agencies in Whatcom County is that we continue to see record setting numbers of new individuals and families accessing services -more regularly and for longer periods of time.”  – Mike Cohen, Executive Director, Bellingham Food Bank from “Hungry in Washington”

oec_beneficiaries_042“Every day in western Washington, people turn to the food safety net to get the meals they need.”  Food Lifeline Missing Meals Report 2013


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization created this short video to highlight global food waste.

This video highlighting the work of Imperfect Produce from Bloomberg Business provides an excellent explanation of how perfectly edible produce may not make it into the food system because it’s “ugly”.