Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is lost or wasted. When food goes to waste, so does the water, energy, and land it took to grow that food. Even worse, this waste is happening while 1 in 7 children in the US face hunger or food insecurity. It’s bad for people and for the planet.
US schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program serve more than 4 billion lunches per year, and plate waste in their cafeterias could be as much as 530,000 tons each year.
A recently introduced bill, the bipartisan School Food Recovery Act (HR 5607) can turn cafeterias into classrooms, to measure and begin to address the scale of the issue. Ask your representative to cosponsor this bill and support schools and students with valuable lessons, awareness, and data, and empower the next generation of food waste warriors. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.