The issue of food waste looms large on a global scale, with approximately a quarter of all food produced each year going to waste worldwide. Within the United States, billions of pounds of food are discarded, even as millions grapple with hunger. In recognizing this challenge, Feeding America does more than salvage food; they embrace a profound responsibility – one that extends beyond mere preservation.
One third of all food produced is lost or wasted –around 1.3 billion tonnes of food – costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year. Up to 10% of global greenhouse gases comes from food that is produced, but not eaten. Source: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (2021).
By salvaging perfectly edible food that would otherwise meet disposal, they not only alleviate financial burdens on families but also mitigate environmental strains, ensuring that sustenance reaches those who depend on it most. In harmonizing their efforts with Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Feeding America goes beyond mere adherence; they embody the essence of making a tangible difference, one rescued meal at a time. This elegantly simple solution, applied to a complex issue, is demonstrating remarkable success on both fronts.
Feeding America's expertise in sourcing food donations from diverse origins is instrumental in curbing waste effectively. Through an extensive distribution network, they ensure that this rescued sustenance swiftly reaches communities nationwide. In this endeavor, they fulfill a dual purpose: alleviating the immediate struggle against hunger while concurrently curbing the distressing trend of food waste.
However, Feeding America's mission transcends food distribution alone. Their work extends to a holistic approach aimed at eradicating hunger at its roots. This approach encompasses raising awareness regarding the underlying causes of hunger, advocating for policy adjustments at various governmental levels, and fostering partnerships with individuals and communities. This comprehensive strategy seeks to nurture sustainable, enduring solutions, thus combating hunger in its entirety and paving the way for a more equitable and promising future for all.
More information: www.feedingamerica.org
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