About 40% of food produced, processed, and transported in the U.S. is wasted and ends up in our landfills. Wasted food is a drain on our natural resources, our wallets, and our communities.
As a nation, our taxes subsidize a large portion of our food production. Why waste our money? 10% of the U.S. energy budget is spent transporting food of which we still waste 40%. Nationally, we spend hundreds of billions of dollars growing, processing, and disposing of food that is never eaten.
Half of the U.S. land, 80% of fresh water, and 10% of the energy budget is spent bringing food to our tables*. When we waste 40% of food, we waste 40% of these natural resources. Worst yet, after wasted food ends up in landfills, it contributes to methane emissions that are 30 times worse than CO2. We have an opportunity three times a day to reduce and eliminate this massive carbon footprint.
*National Resource Defense Council
Food rescue closes the gap between wasted food and food insecurity with food that already exists. Diverting just 15% of currently wasted food would bring the number of food insecure Americans down by 50%.**
**Based on USDA & EPA Study
RLC’s solution works by matching our food donors to nonprofit organizations feeding the food insecure in our communities. With the help of our proprietary technology and amazing rescuers, we’re able to efficiently redistribute that excess food on a daily basis.