Sustainability

Rescuing Food, Reducing Waste.

Local Partnerships

Your Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank plays a vital role in local sustainability efforts within our community. In partnering with local farmers, retailers and manufacturers, the Foodbank helped rescue and distribute 31.5 million pounds of food in 2018. Rescuing perfectly edible, nourishing food, that would otherwise go to waste, means feeding families facing hunger and taking a large step in protecting our planet and conserving our resources.

Excessive Food Waste

Excluding consumer waste at home, 52 billion pounds of food from manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants end up in landfills and incinerators every year across the country. An additional 20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are discarded on farms or left in fields and plowed under. Approximately $218 billion worth of food is thrown away each year. There is enough food in the U.S. to feed every hungry person, but it goes to waste.

Here’s a look of where our country is wasting its food:

Sustainability

A variety of private and public agencies agree, reducing food waste must be a top priority for protecting our environment. The amount of land, fresh water and energy consumed in the production of food that is never eaten, is staggering. Currently, 21 percent of fresh water is used to produce food that is then discarded; 21 percent of landfill volume is food waste emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas.*

Green Solution to Hunger

According to the “Waste Not, Want Not” report from the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), food banks operating in 57 countries help mitigate an estimated 10.54 billion kg of greenhouse gases per year, the equivalent of the CO2 output of nearly 2.2 million passenger vehicles. The report highlights the large-scale environmental impact of food banks diverting food from landfills that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which then affect climate change.**

How You Can Help

Hunger is a solvable problem. More than enough food is produced in the world to feed everyone. With your support, your Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will continue to move the needle toward a thriving community free of hunger, while positively impacting our environment.

  • Support Your Foodbank. Food rescue takes time and money. Please consider making a financial contribution to your Foodbank or volunteering in our warehouse.
  • Less than Perfect Produce. Purchase imperfect produce to send a strong message to your local supermarket that beauty ISN’T skin deep.
  • Reduce your Waste. Plan, prep and store meals to reduce your family’s food waste. Learn more.
  • Consider Composting. Consider composting your food waste. Learn More.

 

SOURCES:
* https://www.feedingamerica.org/our-work/our-approach/reduce-food-waste
** https://www.greenbiz.com/article/overlooked-role-food-banks-slashing-emissions