By the numbers

Food Waste A National Problem

  • 40% of all food produced in the United States goes to waste1
  • Food waste accounts for 21% of agricultural water use in the U.S. as well as 4% of our total oil consumption (300 million barrels annually)2
  • $750 million is spent each year in the U.S. to incinerate and dispose of unwanted food waste
  • The retail value of avoidable food waste is estimated at $218 billion each year3
  • Food waste is the largest source of solid waste in landfills (21% of landfills)4
  • Reducing food losses by just 15% would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year5

Food Insecurity

a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food

-US Department of Agriculture

HUNGER In Massachusetts

  • Food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is at 10.3%, slightly lower than the national average of 12.3%6
  • The number of food insecure residents in Massachusetts currently exceeds 600,0007
  • $390,081,680: funds required to meet Massachusetts food needs in 2010

HUNGER In America

  • 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children, live in food insecure households8
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America9
  • In 2011, 6.1 million households accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times10

The healthy Diet Connection

1/5 of all low-income Americans do not purchase any fresh fruits or vegetables

USDA-recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is met by only 27.5% of Massachusetts adults

3 out of every 5 residents in Massachusetts are either overweight or obese11

Obesity-related medical costs in Massachusetts are estimated at $1.8 billion annually

Diabetes rates have jumped 40% over the last decade

1(NRDC, 2012)
2(NRDC, 2017)
3(NRDC, 2017)
4(NRDC, 2017)
5(NRDC, 2012)
6(Project Bread, 2016)
7(Project Bread, 2016)
8(USDA Economic Research Service, 2016)
9(Feeding America, 2014)
10(Tyson Hunger Relief)
11(CDC, 2012)

Food rescue is an essential part of the hunger relief equation. Lovin' Spoonfuls is the platform for Boston to join the changing conversation on food insecurity and food waste.