The DC Food Recovery Working Group was created in late 2015 to support food recovery efforts in the Greater DC area in all food recovery levels outlined in the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, including source reduction, food donations and composting. This working group focuses on two goals:
- Promote food recovery programs, organizations and resources already happening
- Develop new food recovery partnerships, programs and resources for greater DC
The working group is comprised of a variety of partners from food banks, non-profits and for profits working on food recovery, DC government agencies, local environmental and sustainability organizations, and food recovery advocates. The working group will meet monthly to work on developing and implementing food recovery initiatives.
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:
- Develop and/or recruit new food recovery programs in DC such as a food runner program, FRN Food Recovery verified program, carbon recovery network, etc
- Create resource guides and food donation maps for greater D.C. to share information about food recovery organizations, programs, policies, successful models, best management practices (BMP’s) and resources.
- Work on developing and promoting new legislation, such as the Save Good Act to help remove food recovery barriers in DC.
- Organize food recovery events, such as the DC Food Recovery Week and the Rescue Dish DC, to promote awareness and education around food recovery and the current food recovery resources and progarms.
- 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.
- 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