The DC Food Recovery Working Group was created in early 2016 to support overall food recovery efforts in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. This working group will focus on all aspects of food recovery, outlined by the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, to include but not limited to source reduction, source reuse, food security, composting, and plant-based diets. This group is comprised of food banks, non-profits working on food recovery, government agencies, local environmental and sustainability organization, and food recovery advocates.
This working group will meet monthly to develop and implement an action plan that will include, but will not be limited to the following goals:
- Create a centralized resource guide for greater D.C. to share information about food recovery organizations, programs, policies, successful models, best management practices (BMP’s) and resources.
- Organize food recovery events to promote awareness and education around food recovery.
- Develop and implement an outreach plan to promote food recovery in various environments such as schools, homes, government, restaurants, and businesses.
- Develop and facilitate a data collection plan to help highlight areas of success and areas of need.
- Analyze current food recovery policies and advocate for any new policies needed.
- Increase the understanding of food recovery by continuing to recruit members for this group from as many diverse perspectives on food recovery as possible.
- Research and implement new innovative food recovery programs and systems to help support food recovery efforts in the greater D.C. area.
This working group is open to the public and anyone interested in food recovery is encouraged to join the monthly meetings. For more information or to receive meeting invites please email firstname.lastname@example.org
DC Food Recovery Working Group Bylaws
We have created a food recovery working group model that we believe can be implemented in any city to organize local food recovery movements. We are happy to make all materials, governance structures, best practices and bylaws a public source to help future working group efforts.
Why Food Recovery Matters
- 40% of all food produce in the US ends up in the dump
- 20% of methane gas comes from organics in landfills
- Methane is 20-30x a more potent greenhouse than carbon dioxide
- 13% of DC families are experiencing food insecurity
- Redistributing only 30% of food waste could eliminate food insecurity in the US
- 133 billion lbs wasted per year
- $161 Billion annual cost of uneaten food
- Family of 4 spends $1500 a year on food they don’t eat
- Biggest producers of waste
- 10% – groceries stores
- 10% – other food services
- 30% – restaurants
- 42% – consumers
Five Reasons Cities Should Take a Leading Role on Food Waste
The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Food Waste
Why the United States Leads the World in Food Waste
End Food Waste Now: Fact Sheet
Further With Food: Food Loss and Waste Data
NRDC: Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill
USDA: The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States
End Food Waste Now: Fact Sheet