What is Florida Food Waste Prevention Week?

Florida Food Waste Prevention Week is a dynamic and comprehensive week filled with special activities and events designed to raise awareness and inspire behavior change to reduce food waste at home, work and in our communities.

Why is reducing food waste so important?

Saves Money

 A family of four can save an average $1500 annually.

 

Reduces Hunger

Up to 3 million tons of food is wasted annually, while 1 in 5

Floridians lack consistent access to nutritious food.

Protects the Environment

Safeguards critical natural resources of land, water, and energy used to grow food.

Food waste in numbers

# 1

personal action to reduce carbon emissions.

- Project Drawdown

$165

Billion dollars' worth of food is thrown out by Americans annually.

62.5

Million tons of food  is​ discarded in America every year.

21%

of  the fresh water supply is used to produce wasted food​.

Daily Messaging during the Week

Food is life, love, medicine and so much more. Food Waste is a solvable problem.  The messaging of the week focuses on our connection to food, the unintentional consequences of food waste and sharing food waste solutions.

The approach of the week is for partners to amplify this messaging to their internal workforce and professional community.  Individuals may also get involved by reposting daily social media messages. The Food Hero Photo Challenge and Taking the Pledge on Friday are created to get everyone involved.  Additionally, various industries are hosting activities throughout the week.

Day 1: April 5th -  What Food Means to Me? The Role of Food in Our Lives

  •  The Food Hero Photo Challenge Begins on Social Media Today! Post photos with captions showing What Food Means to You. Tag @SavetheFoodFL

Day 2: April 6th - The Unintended Consequences of Food Waste

  • Post photos with captions of where you find food waste. Tag @SavetheFoodFL

  • Learn how reducing food waste protects the environment.

Day 3: April 7th - Official Food Waste Prevention for the Commercial Sector
  • Post photos with captions of how you can prevent food waste away from home

  • Learn how to reduce food waste  and save money.

Day 4: April 8th - Prevention in Schools, at Homes, and Communities

  • Post photos with captions of how you can prevent food waste in your home, school, workplace and community.

  • Learn how reducing food waste reduces hunger.

Day 5: April 9th - Keep it Going! Pick One Pledge

  • Take the Online Pledge to reduce food waste and Post a photo of you with your pledge..

Let's Get Involved!

  1. Follow us @SavetheFoodFL on social media.

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook

2. Go to our page and Invite your Friends to 

     like us on all social media platforms.

3. Sign up to become a Partner

Thank you Partners!

360 Eats, Inc

Ascendance Sustainable Events

Broward County Commissioner, District 6

Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University

Citrus County Solid Waste

City of Clearwater

City of Hallandale Beach

City of Hollywood Florida

City of Largo

City of Orlando

Code Explorers

Diamond Scientific

Dream in Green

Edible South Florida

EPA, Region IV

Evergreen Events

Farm Share

Fertile Earth Worm Farm

Feeding Tampa Bay

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida PTA

Florida School Nutrition Association

Food Conservation Alliance

Food Recovery Network

Hillsborough County

Holy Cross Health 

Jewish Federation of Broward

Keep Charlotte Beautiful, Inc.

Logos Capital

Lovvett

Manatee County Government

MORAES

MPISFL - Meeting Professionals International

NF Green Chamber

Nourishing Lives Inc.

O-Town Compost Inc.

Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste

Recycle Florida Today

ReFED

Remote Hospitality Team

Sarasota County Sustainability

School District of Palm Beach County

SCS

SKAL International Miami chapter

South Florida Hunger Coalition

Sunflower Discount Grocery Liquidation

Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean

Sustainable Florida

SWFL RESET Center

The CLEO Institute

The Miami Beach EDITION

The Society of St Andrew

Title IV, Part A, DOE

Transition Sarasota

University of Florida IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program

University of Miami

US EPA

Volusia County Solid Waste Division

World Wildlife Fund

 Florida Food Waste Prevention Week Founding Sponsor

Florida Food Waste Prevention Week Planning Partners

 

 

Advising Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hackathon Planning Partners

 

 

Thank you to our partners from California who have supported this initiative, shared resources and paved the way.

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