Food Waste


In a land of abundant food, there is also abundant waste. While farmers in the United States produce billions of pounds of food each year, 40% of that food goes uneaten.

Food banks, by their very nature, are part of the solution to this problem. Of the nearly 40 million pounds of food the Capital Area Food Bank distributes each year, for instance, 33 million pounds would have otherwise gone to landfills. But as a Next Generation food bank, the CAFB is committed to reducing food waste even further by working closely with food donors and refining its receiving and distribution processes.

If everyone wasted just 15% less food, then 25 million more Americans could be fed.

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Recent Activity

Improving the food supply for all
April 22, 2016 by Nancy E. RomanOur wild and wooly food ecosystem is changing fast. As a part of that ecosystem, CAFB, we will continue to partner with influencers and to raise our own voices to keep everyone in mind as we work together to improve the food supply for all.Read more >
Production-based incentives make it hard to get nutrition and food waste outcomes we want
April 21, 2016 by Nancy E. RomanAfter a day of listening to many of the country’s top influencers on topics ranging from protein in the diet to food waste to nutrition, a few of the dots began to connect: while some of our country’s food policies once served us quite well, they don’t anymore.Read more >
Waste No More…
July 13, 2015 by Nancy E. RomanImagine carrying four, five-pound bags of sugar around the block. That’s the weight of the food that the average American wastes every month.Read more >
Love Food, Hate Waste
October 2, 2013 by Stephanie SneadThe 2013 Hunger Summit brought together over 150 partner agencies, donors, supporters and community members to discuss food waste.Read more >