Food Waste and the Environment

Stopping food waste helps stop global warming.

The waste of food leaves a serious scar on the environment. The carbon footprint of global food wastage  is so large, that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitting country in the world.

Food that is never consumed makes climate change worse according to The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It wastes the water used to grow or manufacture the food and wastes the fuel that was used to transport it. Even food packaging adds to the waste stream.

How can you help? If you have too much fresh food, donate it to your local food pantry. AmpleHarvest.org works with 8,998 food pantries that would love to have fresh produce on their shelves. You’ll be helping the environment, and feeding hungry families.

AmpleHarvest.org ending food waste

By educating people on how to stop the waste of fresh food, AmpleHarvest.org

  • nourishes food insecure families in more than 4,000 communities across all 50 states.
  • enables 8,998 food pantries to received and distribute food that would have otherwise been lost to waste
  • creates the opportunity for 61 million (up from 42 million in the pre-COVID19 world) gardeners to donate their 11 billion pound of excess food for years

As an added bonus, the average distance food travels from harvest to dinner table is only nine miles!

How often do you come across a single solution for fixing both the environment and hunger? If you don’t have fresh food to give, you can still donate today. Every dollar makes a difference.


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AmpleHarvest.org, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN #27-2433274).