40% of food
goes to waste.
49.1 Million Americans are Food Insecure
We’re working to change that.
Pounds of food we're on pace to divert in 2019
Million tons of CO2 emissions we're on pace to prevent in 2019
Recipient organizations feeding those in need
Ways to Get Involved
It's time to change the way we think about food.
join us and be a part of the solution.
What We Do
We work to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste.
For over 13 years our community powered organization has recovered food that would otherwise be thrown away by grocery stores, restaurants, offices and farmers markets and delivered it to organizations that feed the hungry.
We raise awareness about food waste and the negative impact that it has on the environment.
Our community of volunteers, donors and partnering organizations is growing quickly and making a positive difference in the world:
FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE, PREVENTING FOOD FROM GOING INTO LANDFILLS, AND COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE.
If food waste were a country, it would come in third after the United States and China in terms of impact on global warming.
Why It Matters
The impacts of food waste are catastrophic.
- 40% of food in the US is thrown into landfills
- Food thrown into landfills releases methane gas, which is 20 times more harmful than CO2
- One-Quarter of All Wasted Food Could Feed the 795 Million People Suffering From Hunger Around the World
- Over 1,000,000 people in Los Angeles are food insecure
- 25% of our fresh water is used to produce wasted food
- Food waste in households and restaurants costs an average of $1,600 per year for a family of four in the United States
The future of this planet is in our hands.
How We Do It
Our network of volunteers, donors, and recipients connects excess food with people in need.
We create customized food recovery plans for each donor.
Inedible food is directed into organics recycling and other appropriate facilities, such as composting.
By incorporating new tools, data and analysis we help businesses prevent surplus.
Through collaboration with recipients, we discover exactly what kitchens, shelters, and food banks are able to use.
WE’RE CREATING A SYSTEM THAT WILL CHANGE OUR CULTURE.
Volunteer to help us make sure that people get fed - not landfills!
Get involved and make an impact today
All hands on deck!
We’re creating Zero-Waste Zones in food dense areas around the city, like Larchmont Village.
We recruit all businesses in these zones to donate their excess food and rely on volunteers to deliver it. With time, we plan for these green zones to cover the entire city of Los Angeles.
By volunteering, you’ll immediately become a crucial element of this movement!
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FoodCycle LA helps businesses eliminate food waste and earn tax incentives.
We make it easy.