Food is the No.1 item Americans throw away. Each year up to 40 percent of the food supply in the US is never consumed – an annual loss of $218 billion. Wasted food also wastes resources. Any labor, energy, water, land or other resources used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates are lost. All this while more than 41 million Americans are food insecure.
Why are we wasting all this food? The US spends less than any other country on its food supply resulting in food being less valued and thrown away more. Food waste occurs at all levels of the system from farm to plate. Fields are left unharvested. Produce is rejected for cosmetic reasons. Restaurants serve extra-large portions. Consumers leave food to spoil in the refrigerator.
Benefits of Food Waste Reduction:
- Feeding people, not landfills
- Feeding the economy and creating jobs
- Conserving resources
- Returning nutrients to the soil
- Saving money
- Reaching recycling goals
Don’t Waste Food SC (DWFSC) Campaign:
DWFSC is a collaborative outreach campaign that brings together ambassadors from the public and private sectors dedicated to sharing knowledge, coordinating resources and working together to reduce food waste in South Carolina. Virtually anyone can take part in reducing food waste.
- increase the awareness of the economic, environmental and social impacts of wasted food
- inspire individuals, communities, restaurants, schools and others to take action to reduce food waste through prevention, donation and composting
- cut food waste in half in South Carolina by 2030
- Outreach/Education Material
- Community Presentations
- Best Management Practices
- Technical Assistance
- Networking Opportunities
The campaign is a partnership of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of Commerce and S.C. Department of Education along with many ambassadors participating in the movement to reduce food waste in South Carolina. For more information or to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.