There is no bigger opportunity for our industry to simultaneously address hunger in America and our environmental footprint than by reducing the amount of food sent to landfills by diverting food to food banks and food waste to beneficial alternatives like compost. These actions represent not only a significant opportunity to help the hungry, but also an opportunity to reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
To meet this challenge, the food industry came together to form the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. Led by GMA, the Food Marketing Institute, and the National Restaurant Association and co-chaired by General Mills and Publix Super Markets the effort is unique in its depth and breadth. The three year project has two overall goals- increase food to donation and decrease food waste sent to landfill. Leadership of the project draws on representatives from the manufacturing, retail, restaurant and food service industries, as well as knowledge partners from the anti-hunger community and waste management experts.
The Alliance will work to identify emerging solutions and new technologies to increase donation and decrease waste to landfill, as well as share best practices across industries.
The following organizations are actively engaged in the Food Waste Reduction Alliance.