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The Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent is the first ever national economic study and action plan to reduce food waste at scale. It identifies the most cost-effective solutions and defines research priorities in an effort to spur multi-stakeholder action.Download The Full Report
Explore an overview of ReFED’s rigorous economic analysis of food waste solutions. The Executive Summary introduces the issue, the solutions, and the actions needed to reduce food waste at scale.Download Executive Summary
Solutions that avoid waste in businesses and homes have the highest cost-effectiveness and net environmental benefit, and can divert 2.6 million tons of annual waste.Download Prevention Solutions
Food recovery for the hungry can double nationwide, increasing by 1.8 billion meals annually, by incentivizing businesses to increase food donations, providing affordable transportation, and increasing capacity among nonprofits.Download Recovery Solutions
Centralized composting and anaerobic digestion (AD), as well as a smaller set of growing distributed solutions, will enable 9.2 million tons of waste diversion – nearly three-quarters of the total potential.Download Recycling Solutions
The Roadmap shows the wide array of scalable solutions that can generate significant economic value and business profit potential. But these solutions will not scale up without a concerted multi-stakeholder effort and four tools for action: financing, policy, innovation, and education.Download The Path Ahead
Philanthropic support is critical to the successful implementation of Roadmap solutions. This guide demonstrates how food waste initiatives enable foundations to achieve mission objectives, and provides key insights to help funders maximize their impact.Download Foundation Action Guide
Details about data validation, methodology, excluded solutions, and full data sets are available in the Technical Appendix.
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