100&Change: 2020

Transforming Food Rescue to Feed Hungry People and Protect the Environment

Feeding America will elevate its annual food rescue to 5 billion pounds by 2025 to alleviate hunger for 40 million people and mitigate climate change.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Human services
Current Work Location
  • Illinois, United States
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Illinois, United States
Priority Populations:
  • Children and youth
  • Families
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary:

Climate change threatens food security, yet food waste is responsible for 8% of global emissions. America wastes 72 billion pounds of food each year, while 40 million people in our country struggle with hunger. Reducing food waste can mitigate climate change and feed hungry people but change at scale requires dramatic acceleration of food rescue. Feeding America’s network of 200 foodbanks annually rescues 3.5 billion pounds of food that otherwise would be wasted. We will scale our rescue up to 5 billion pounds by 2025 by building technology-enabled regional food-sourcing hubs to source nutritious foods with high carbon intensity, especially protein and dairy. To distribute food more equitably, we will use predictive data to identify the most vulnerable populations facing hunger and reach them through innovative last-mile delivery. This project will put us on a long-term path to eliminate hunger and mitigate climate change through avoided carbon emissions.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Feeding America

website: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Organization Headquarters
Cook County, Illinois, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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