The Key to Curing Hunger: Rescuing Food from Waste

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By: Carrie Calvert, Feeding America, and Agvocate, Director of Tax and Commodity Policy
Carrie Calvert - Agvocacy Forum

Hunger in America is a serious problem. Currently 42 million people in our nation struggle to get enough to eat, which is more people than the entire population of Canada or Australia, making this a hard stat to swallow.


I AgVocate on behalf of those in our nation who are facing hunger.  It is unacceptable that hunger remains a significant problem in America – especially when you consider that our growers are producing enough food to feed everyone. In fact, 70 billion pounds of good food does not make it to consumers’ plates each year.


The Feeding America network of food banks works hard to rescue as much food as possible and get it to the plates of people in need. Last year, we distributed 4.8 billion pounds of food, with 2.6 billion pounds rescued from potential waste streams.


To increase the amount of food donated, our food banks are continuously developing new strategies to reduce waste and end hunger. These innovative programs would not be possible without the active partnership with supporters in the agriculture industry, as well as advocacy work at the local, state and federal level.


Using Texas as an example, Feeding Texas, our statewide network of 21 food banks, works with vendors at all levels of the produce supply chain, including growers, packers and shippers to source donations of second-grade produce for food banks.  Not only do they coordinate the shipment of produce, they are establishing a produce mixing center to increase the variety of produce distributed without increasing the time in transit for the food.


Learn more about how you can help fight hunger and create a brighter, more sustainable future for us all.
The world population is expected to reach nearly 9.6 billion by 2050, and producing enough healthy and nutritious food for all will require collaboration and engagement across the ag sector and beyond.  It is important for everyone who plays a role in this important work to #AgVocate by sharing their story. Be sure to check out the other participants’ blogs as they #AgVocate. Tomorrow’s post will be hosted by David Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder of AeroFarms, to explore how emerging technologies can help feed the future.


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