1.5 Million People in LA Suffer From Hunger

WE CONNECT EXCESS FOOD WITH PEOPLE IN NEED.

OUR COMMUNITY-POWERED NETWORK OF VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND RECIPIENTS IS CHANGING THE WAY WE USE EXCESS FOOD

Problems We're Facing Together

Roughly 40% of food in the US is thrown away. That’s about 150,000 tons every single day, or around a pound per person.
49.1 million Americans are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Children and the elderly are particularly at risk.
Food dumped in landfills releases CO2 and methane gases and is one of the largest contributors to climate change
Wasted food also wastes about 25% of our fresh water, along with over 30 million acres of farmland, fertilizer and many other resources.

JUST ONE-QUARTER OF WASTED FOOD COULD FEED THE 795 MILLION HUNGRY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD

How We're Solving Them

We can overcome these problems but it requires people, businesses, governments and nonprofits working together.

FoodCycle LA unites these groups.

We’re building the infrastructure to reduce waste and intelligently route surplus food – whether it’s to people’s plates or composting. Through our efforts, we’re changing individual behaviors, and ultimately, we’ll change the culture around food waste.

We won’t stop until there is no longer any excuse to let excess food make it to the landfill.

A recent NRDC study estimated the value of all the wasted food in the US at $218 Billion per year

I’LL NEVER FORGET VISITING A LOCAL GROCERY STORE OVER A DECADE AGO AND WATCHING EMPLOYEES TOSS AWAY DUMPSTERS FULL OF BEAUTIFUL PRODUCE.

My friend Alex Rose had asked me to join a group of volunteers that picked up there daily. I was shocked to see how much food was being thrown out, and even more upset when I began to learn more about the negative environmental impacts of all that wasted food.

How could we allow this to happen at one store, let alone across the entire city and country – it was just plain wrong.

I started to help deliver excess food to a wonderful shelter that served women and children. The head nun there told us that they wouldn’t be able to serve such healthy meals without the donations we provided – they couldn’t afford it. It felt fantastic to be doing something that had such a positive impact. In many ways, I felt that I was benefiting as much as the people who received the food.

I realized that there were many people out there like me, people who want to make a difference and help others, but might not know how to do it. Before that day, like may people, I felt helpless.

What could one person do?

1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year

12 YEARS LATER, WE STILL PICK UP FROM THAT SAME STORE AND DELIVER IT TO THE SAME AMAZING SHELTER.

We’re making AN IMMEDIATE, TANGIBLE IMPACT.

While we’re proud of how much food we divert to hungry people on a daily basis, there is so much more being thrown away.

We’re saving hundreds of thousands of pounds of perfectly fine food every year and growing.

We’re not just pulling things out of a dumpster to do it.
WE’RE CHANGING THE WAY OUR CITY THINKS ABOUT SURPLUS FOOD.

Want to make the world a better place but don’t quite know how?

FOOD DIVERSION IS A SIMPLE WAY TO TACKLE MANY PROBLEMS AT ONCE. 

We’re saving the planet in many respects – global warming, water, land – and we’re feeding the millions of hungry people that aren’t able to put food on their plates or those of their children.

The feeling of loading up a car of rescued food and delivering it to those people is hard to beat and it can be done in under an hour.

Join us and be a part of the solution.

1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year

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