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    ReFED Launches $10 Million Fundraising Campaign to Support Food System in Reducing Food Waste by 50% by the Year 2030

    New campaign highlights the impact of food waste on the climate, food security, and the economy. View more >

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    The Wonderful Company Launches $1 Million Innovation Challenge

    ReFED serves as strategic advisor and managing partner for the global contest to discover environmentally-friendly solutions for pomegranate husks. View more >

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    SPOTLIGHT: ReFED Board of Directors Member Emily Ma

    An interview with Emily Ma, who leads two early-stage moonshots at X, a stealth group within Alphabet, and who is bringing her passion for food systems and human-centered design to ReFED's Board. View more >

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    Pacific Coast Collaborative to Lead One of the Largest Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Food Waste

    The collaboration – with ReFED as a resource partner – calls on businesses to join a Voluntary Agreement to implement measurable action to cut food waste in half by 2030. View more >

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    New Guidelines Help Foodservice Businesses Include Food Waste Reduction in their COVID-19 Operating Plans

    Get the new handout created by ReFED, the James Beard Foundation, LeanPath, Sodexo, and WWF. View more >

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    New ReFED Report Offers Organizations Across the Food System A Guide For Scaling Food Recovery And Hunger Relief Efforts

    The report includes best practices, case studies, and expert advice for the entire food system on how to support innovative food recovery organizations as they scale their work to reduce food waste and fight hunger. View more >

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    ReFED Appoints Nicola Dixon as New Board Chair and Announces New Board Member and Executive Committee

    Dixon, who is the Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation, succeeds ReFED Founder and inaugural Board Chair Jesse Fink, who will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Development Committee. View more >

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    A Message From Jesse Fink, ReFED's Inaugural Board Chair

    "As I finish my tenure as Founding Board Chair, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for all that you have done and continue to do to accelerate solutions to food waste." View more >

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    ReFED’s COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund Awards $1M to Organizations Rescuing Food And Delivering it to the Most Vulnerable Communities

    As the Coronavirus Pandemic Continues to Disrupt the Food System, Much More Funding is Needed for These and Other Front-Line Organizations. View more >

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    Announcing the ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund

    Donate and learn how to apply for funding to advance solutions that prevent or recover food being wasted at the farm level due to COVID-19 disrputions. View more >

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    Resources to Move Food from Farm to Table during COVID-19

    Here's a list of resources and organizations helping to reduce the surge of food waste on the farm level due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. View more >

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    How You Can Help: ReFED's Directory of Fundable Initiatives for COVID-19 Support

    Get details on organizations that need support right now to enact new safety measures, hire more drivers, establish “rapid response” services, conduct direct distribution to those in need, build new partnerships to facilitate their ongoing outreach, and more. View more >

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    ReFED's new weekly discussion series focuses on how to overcome the challenges facing food waste solution providers and food businesses in the age of COVID-19. View more >

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    ReFED'S COVID-19 U.S. Food System Review

    Learn more about the changes occurring throughout the U.S. food system as a result of COVID-19. View more >

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    Food Waste Resources During The COVID-19 Pandemic

    Here's how you can help ensure that excess food due to COVID-19 reaches the people who need it most. View more >

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    Announcing ReFED's New Executive Director

    ReFED is excited to announce that Dana Gunders has become our new Executive Director View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Jessica Grace Torres, City Harvest

    Check out this interview with Jessica Grace Torres, Director of Business Intelligence at City Harvest, to learn more about City Harvest’s technology solutions geared towards alleviating hunger amongst food insecure New Yorkers. View more >

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    ReFED announces Plentiful as $100,000 Winner of Industry-First Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator

    The three-month program concluded with an in-person Showcase co-hosted by ReFED and Feeding America and a commitment from DoorDash to support food recovery. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Jasmine Crowe, Goodr

    Check out this interview with Jasmine Crowe, Founder of Goodr, to learn more about how their blockchain-enabled platform and mobile app redirects surplus food from landfills to those in need. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Hannah Koski, Blue Apron

    Check out this interview with Hannah Koski, Director of Procurement and Sustainability at Blue Apron, to learn how their innovative model reduces household waste and improves access to delicious, fresh and healthy ingredients. View more >

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    November 2019 Newsletter

    A Message from the Board of Directors, A Letter from our Inaugural Executive Director, Chris Cochran, Dana Gunders: ReFED’s Interim Executive Director, and Highlights from the 2019 Food Waste Summit, hosted by ReFED View more >

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    Where Brilliance Converges to Craft Scalable Action: 10 Reasons Why The 2019 Food Waste Summit was the Place to Be

    The 2019 Food Waste Summit hosted by ReFED championed awareness to action to reduce food waste in half by 2030. Check out the top 10 highlights from the event. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue

    Check out this interview with Leah Lizarondo, Founder of 412 Food Rescue to learn how to develop a portfolio of initiatives to combat hunger and change behavior around food waste. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Rebeckah Piotrowski, City Harvest

    In this week's interview, we hear from Rebeckah Piotrowski, Director of Institutional Partnerships at City Harvest to learn more about their mission-aligned partnerships that scale their impact to end hunger in New York. View more >

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    Morton is Salty About Food Waste

    A huge thank you to Morton Salt for their support and participation in the 2019 Food Waste Summit hosted by ReFED and their commitment to Erase Food Waste. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Nicole Flewell, Taylor Farms

    Check out this interview with Nicole Flewell, Director of Sustainability at Taylor Farms, where she delves into the opportunities she sees for nonprofit organizations to bring fresh prepared food to low-income individuals. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Robert Egger, LA Kitchen

    Check out this interview with Robert Egger, founder of LA Kitchen, DC Central Kitchen and Campus Kitchens Project, who shared lessons learned from years of working on issues of food waste, food insecurity, and workforce development. View more >

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    ReFED’s Insights Engine: Fueling an Actionable and Data-Driven Path to Fight Food Waste

    ReFED is pleased to announce that we are launching the ReFED Insights Engine, a digital-first, continuously updated platform to house the next generation of data, insights and guidance on food waste and solutions. Thank you to our seed funders for investing in and partnering on the initial stages of this work, in particular The Kroger Co. Foundation, Deloitte and Nielsen View more >

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    Press Release: ReFED Accelerates Action to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030 at 2019 Food Waste Summit

    Today, ReFED, the only U.S. nonprofit wholly dedicated to reducing food waste, announced the annual ReFED Food Waste Summit taking place October 28-30, 2019 at METREON in San Francisco. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Thomas McQuillan, Baldor Specialty Foods

    Check out this interview with Thomas McQuillan, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Culture and Sustainability at Baldor Specialty Foods, to learn about his work implementing major sustainability initiatives throughout their foodservice operations. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Kari Armbruster, The Kroger Co.

    Check out this interview with Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Project Manager at Kroger, to learn about their strategies for ending hunger in Kroger communities and eliminating waste across their company by 2025. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Eric Davis and Justin Block, Feeding America

    Check out this interview with Eric Davis and Justin Block of Feeding America, where they discuss how they leverage technology and innovation to support their nationwide network of 200 member food banks. View more >

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    When Innovation Meets Accelerated Knowledge: Championing Human-Centered Design to Create a More Equitable and Impactful Food Recovery System

    ReFED hosts the first in-person Learning Lab for the Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator 2019 cohort in San Francisco, CA. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Nell Fry, Sodexo

    Check out this interview with Nell Fry, Senior Manager of Sustainability Field Support at Sodexo, where she shares her strategy for reducing waste, carbon and water usage at 13,000 food service sites across North America. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Doug Rauch, Daily Table

    Check out this interview with Doug Rauch of Daily Table, who applied lessons from his extensive retail career at Trader Joe’s to build an enjoyable shopping experience that promotes dignity and helps low-income customers access nutritious, affordable food. View more >

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    Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Bill Reighard, Food Donation Connection

    Check out this interview with Bill Reighard of Food Donation Connection, who leveraged his industry knowledge overseeing operations at PepsiCo to launch a for-profit food recovery company that has coordinated more than 550m pounds of food over the past 25 years. View more >

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    ReFED Announces Cohort for Industry-First Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator

    The diverse group of ten food recovery nonprofits come from eight states across the U.S. and range from established food banks to young startups that leverage concepts from the sharing economy for recovering wasted food in a dignified, scalable way. View more >

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    ReFED Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator: Open Call Analytics

    Over 125 diverse applicants responded to the Open Call for Applications. See some facts about them below. View more >

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    A Helpful Move on Food Date Labels

    This blog was co-authored by JoAnne Berkenkamp at NRDC, Katie Sandson and Emily Broad Leib at the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Jackie Suggitt at ReFED. View more >

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    ReFED Launches Nonprofit Accelerator, Funded by Walmart Foundation, to Double U.S. Food Donations

    Open Call for Applications starts today for the three-month Accelerator that will offer $350,000 in prizes and extensive access to ReFED’s expert network. View more >

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    New ingredients key to sustainable growth: Earned revenue and technology at food recovery nonprofits

    In 2018, 81% of Feeding America’s donations were recovered meals, yet this represents only ~5% of the 36 million tons of unsold food inventory generated within the food value chain each year. View more >

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    ReFED's quarterly update on the entrepreneurs and investors fighting food waste. View more >

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    Press Release: ReFED’s 2018 U.S. Food Waste Investment Report Reveals Foundation Funding Reached $134 Million in 2016; VC Funding Reaches $125M in 2018

    ReFED's 2018 U.S. Food Waste Investment Report details key trends in the capital and innovation landscape and highlights specific examples of philanthropic, public, and private food waste investment, including a Special Report on Foundation Funding. View more >

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    Goodr and Pulp Pantry Take First Place and Runner Up at ReFED's Food Waste Innovation Demo Day

    ReFED Hosts First Food Waste Innovation Demo Day at SOCAP, Announces Release of Food Waste Investment Report View more >

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    ReFED's Innovator Spotlight: Food Forward

    ReFED interviews Southern California food recovery organization Food Forward to learn how they plan to grow their operations and scale their impact. View more >

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    Retail, Restaurant, and Foodservice Webinars

    In these webinars, ReFED hosts grocery, restaurant, and foodservice leaders to discuss insights from the Food Waste Action Guides and the successes they've had implementing food waste solutions. View more >

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    More Feast, Less Footprint: New Goals & Progress Towards Wasting Less Food

    Join ReFED and partners for this Global Climate Change Action Summit event exploring the connection between food waste and climate change. View more >

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    ReFED Capital & Innovation Newsletter: August 2018

    ReFED's quarterly update on the entrepreneurs and investors fighting food waste. View more >

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    Great Minds Think Differently: Diverse group at Innovator Workshop accelerates food waste solutions

    Our takeaways from the U.S. Food Waste Summit Innovator Workshop, which convened food waste innovators, food businesses, funders, and policymakers to shape the future of food waste solutions provision. View more >

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    ReFED Partners with Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic to Host 2018 U.S. Food Waste Summit

    Taking place June 26-27 at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA, the Summit will convene more than 300 leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to accelerate solutions to food waste and achieve the national goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. View more >

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    Picking up Speed: Food Waste Funders Meet to Fuel Further Impact

    Last month 16 food waste thought leaders met in an industrial corner of San Francisco to discuss the future of food waste capital and innovation. The event held at the headquarters and warehouse operations of food waste innovator, Imperfect Produce, was organized by Alexandria Coari, Capital & Innovation Director for ReFED, as part of the nonprofit’s Food Waste Funders Initiative. View more >

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    Food Waste Prevention Packaging RFP

    ReFED is currently accepting proposals to develop a multistakeholder project plan to address food waste prevention packaging. All proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than 11:59pm PST May 16, 2018. View more >

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    Innovator Workshop at the U.S. Food Waste Summit

    ReFED is cohosting a free one-day workshop for food waste innovators as part of the U.S. Food Waste Summit. Learn more about the event and apply to attend! View more >

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    Press Release: ReFED Analysis Uncovers Opportunity to Reduce 16 Million Tons of Food Waste in Foodservice and Restaurant Sectors

    ReFED collaborated with the four largest foodservice providers, major restaurants, industry trade associations, and more than 60 expert contributors to create the Restaurant and Foodservice Food Waste Action Guides to support businesses in developing and implementing food waste solutions. View more >

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    Press Release: ReFED Analysis Reveals Food Waste Represents $18.2 Billion Profit Opportunity for Grocery Retailers

    ReFED collaborated with major grocery retailers, industry trade associations, and more than 30 expert contributors to create the Retail Food Waste Action Guide to support retailers in developing and implementing food waste solutions. View more >

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    ReFED Newsletter: September 2017

    This summer has been an exciting time of growth and progress, both for ReFED and in the effort to reduce wasted food at scale. We have developed new programs around food business engagement, capital and innovation, and are growing our team. View more >

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    Data Driven Procurement for Less Wasted Food

    Every so often, we unintentionally discover something truly valuable; either as a complete accident (think Penicillin) or as a byproduct of intended actions. It is no coincidence that entrepreneurs addressing inefficiencies at various nodes throughout the food system often end up addressing wasted food. Such is the case with Konstantin Zvereff, CEO and Co-Founder of BlueCart, a procurement plat... View more >

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    ReFED Newsletter: May 2017

    Last month, ReFED launched groundbreaking tools around two of the four Roadmap levers of action: innovation and policy. The Food Waste Innovator Database highlights over 400 innovators who are building new industries to reduce wasted food. The Food Waste Policy Finder identifies leading and lagging state policies that enable or block food waste reduction. View more >

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    ReFED Innovator Database Webinar

    This webinar offers an introduction to ReFED's newly launched Innovator Database, along with an overview of current innovation trends. View more >

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    ReFED Policy Finder Webinar

    This webinar provides an overview of ReFED's Food Waste Policy Finder, along with key policy insights. View more >

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    ReFED in the News: Going Digital to Rescue Food

    This New York Times article describes the bourgeoning digital food recovery solution sector, highlighting ReFED's insights, and several of the innovators included in our Food Waste Innovator Database. View more >

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    Creating 'taste' from what would be 'waste'

    ReFED recently connected with Dan Kurzrock, Co-Founder and Executive Grain Officer at ReGrained, to learn about what it takes to make tasty food from beer waste. View more >

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    How to Unleash the New Food Waste Economy

    This post was written by Janet Reynolds of FoodFutureCo. Janet Reynolds is FoodFutureCo’s fellow and a co-founder of Waste for Good, a social enterprise building hyper-local networks to connect sustainably-minded food providers to a hub in the community, where food waste is converted into clean energy. View more >

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    On the Road to Reduction

    Today, the United States wastes 63 million tons of food annually at a cost of $218 billion. ReFED is working to move the food system from acting on instinct to using insights and collaboration to solve our national food waste problem. View more >

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    Press Release: New ReFED Innovation and Policy Tools

    Today, ReFED unveiled two new tools: a database of innovative food waste solutions, and an interactive map that centralizes federal- and state-level food waste policy to assist advocates and policymakers. View more >

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    Going Barnanas for new ways to use food

    ReFED recently caught up with Caue Suplicy, Founder and CEO of Barnana, to learn what its like being a pioneer in the 'edible upcycling' industry. View more >

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    Executive Director Announcement

    ReFED is pleased to announce its inaugural executive director, Chris Cochran! View more >

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    ReFED Newsletter: December

    Winter may be in full swing, but work at ReFED is really heating up! Over the next few months, expect some big announcements, including the launch of two new online tools (additional details below) and the kick-off of our Funder Collaborative. We are beyond excited to lift the curtain on these projects, and encourage you to take advantage of these resources and share them broadly with your netw... View more >

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    The Billion Dollar Food Waste Market Investors Are Missing

    A collaboration between AgFunder and ReFed, this article aims to highlight some of the technologies working towards reducing food waste globally that are not always associated with the problem. View more >

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    ReFED Newsletter: November

    The ReFED team has been hard at work over the last couple months creating new content on the steady increase in entrepreneurs tackling the food waste problem and top trends we're seeing, and releasing recommendations for how foundations can maximize the impact of philanthropic investment in food waste solutions. In the coming months, look out for new ReFED products, including a web-based tool o... View more >

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    Halving U.S. Food Waste: from lofty goal to practical reality

    Most of our food-related stories are about what we eat – but, a year ago tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to focus on the food we don’t eat. Together they announced a remarkably ambitious goal of reducing U.S. food waste by 50 percent by 2030 – a goal firmly in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that s... View more >

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    Behind the plate: Eva Fowler

    Eva Fowler, Associate Director of Programs & Communications at ReFED, is working hard at making #NoFoodWaste a reality on a national level. ReFED has set the Roadmap for decreasing food waste, and it’s time for all of us to jump on board. View more >

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    The ReFED Roadmap To Reducing Food Waste

    The Roadmap outlines systems for accomplishing a food waste reduction goal of 20 percent in the near term and 50 percent in the next 15 years. The strategy requires further investment — of time, brainpower and dollars. View more >

    Food Waste Tools

    The Food Waste Innovator Database

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    The ReFED Innovator Database is a living compilation of 350+ commercial and nonprofit entities that are turning the food waste problem into an entrepreneurial opportunity.

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    U.S. Food Waste Policy Finder

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    Research current food waste policy at the federal and state levels and discover best practices and recommendations for policy improvements.

    Explore the Tool

    Download the Report

    The Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent and other ReFED reports are available for download.

    Technical Appendix

    Details about data validation, methodology, excluded solutions, and full data sets are available in the Technical Appendix.

    Download the Technical Appendix

    Media Resources

    Please direct media inquiries to [email protected]

    Download Latest Press Release

    Foundation Action Guide

    Foundations can provide the ~$300 million needed annually to protect the environment, alleviate hunger, and develop local economies. Read more information in our Action Paper.

    Download the Action Guide

    Resources & Helpful Links

    • Save the Food

      Save the Food is a national public service campaign to combat food waste developed in partnership between the Ad Council & the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste

      A fun and easy to understand 20-minute segment describing the causes and problems of food waste.

    • Wasted: How America is losing up to 40 percent of its food from farm to fork to landfill

      An overview report on the causes of food waste in the United States.

    • Food Loss and Waste Protocol

      The Food Loss & Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol) is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop the global accounting and reporting standard for quantifying food loss and waste.

    • Food Waste Reduction Alliance

      The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) is a collaborative effort of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute, and the National Restaurant Association. The FWRA’s mission is to reduce the volume of food waste sent to landfill by addressing the root causes of waste and by securing pathways to donate or recycle unavoidable food waste.

    • EPA Food Recovery Challenge

      Organizations that take part in EPA's Food Recovery Challenge pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results.

    • BioCycle

      Published since 1960, BioCycle is the go-to magazine and website on composting, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion, and renewable energy.

    • Recyclingworks Massachusetts

      Comprehensive source prevention, recovery, and recycling assistance for businesses and institutions. The information is specific to Massachusetts, but much of it is applicable to other states and regions.

    • SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

      The FAO is collaborating with donors, bi- and multi-lateral agencies, and financial institutions and private sector partners (the food packaging industry and others) to develop and implement a program on food loss and waste reduction.

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