Help Convince Supermarkets to Give 55,000,000 Tons of Wasted Food to the Hungry

Written by on June 15, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition with 3 Comments

By Christina Sarich | Natural Society
Posted on June 14, 2015


In line with some US-based organizations created to give completely free food to the poor, France recently passed a law that bans supermarkets from throwing away unsold food, and instead behooves them to donate it to charity or to give it to hungry animals in shelters.

This law is meant to crack down on food waste. In 2010, Americans wasted some 133 billion pounds of food. In a 430 billion pound food supply, that’s about one-third of the whole wasted. Economically, it’s about $165 billion in food wastage – all while ‘feeding the homeless’ is increasingly becoming illegal. What will the US do to stop this unnecessary waste?

The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the financial disparity between the CEOs and upper management of big food corporations and every-day people struggling to get enough to eat.

Many grocery stores simply destroy perfectly good food when it could be used to feed those in poverty. The USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist states:

Gleaning—the act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, or any other source in order to provide it to those in need—is an important source of fresh produce for food insecure families. In 2011, for example, the USDA gleaned 900,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Feds Feed Families Food Drive.”

While 900,000 pounds of food is nothing to sneeze at, 55 million TONS of food is still being wasted.

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council 40% of food in the United States is never eaten, amounting to $165 billion a year in waste, taking a toll on the country’s water resources and adding to pollution.

Read: 10 Ways to Stop the Food Waste

When you consider a big chunk of the $3.9 TRILLION that the government will spend on food stamps, SNAP, and other programs for the growing poor, all while still denying most citizens basics like water, shouldn’t we be turning our trash to treasure?

A petition that will be sent to the Washington Governor, Jay Inslee, and the Washington State Legislature will urge companies in the US to donate food like they do in France. This would take the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act one step further, protecting companies from lawsuits, and stopping the food waste.

Natural Society is a big supporter of helping those in need – especially when in this case, the food would otherwise be completely wasted. In addition to often donating a percentage of our sales to organizations that will help feed the world, Natural Society’s Anthony Gucciardi has personally donated 20,000 meals to U.S. food banks to help with the issue.

You can sign the petition here.
About Christina Sarich:
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

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  1.' Jessy Nordgren says:

    My son and I care about our Earths future, we think everyone should! #Namaste

  2.' Maryjean Letham says:

    Why would they not do this to begin with? There has to be a tax write off plus they would be doing a whole lot of good and honestly I would shop at that store if they did that.

  3.' Leslie Henderson says:

    This wastage is immoral, especially in the light of so many disenfranchised people.

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