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.
Event Impacts 2021
Representing a wide variety of industries
100+ university and high school students, mentors, judges and community members engaged
Tampa Bay Lightning donated $5K
To encourage participation in the Food Hero Photo Challenge, Tampa Bay Lightning donated $10 a post up to 500 posts to Feeding Tampa Bay.
Estimated 1.5 million social media impressions
Student Art Contest
100+ K-12 student entries
Miami Heat Health in the Hood Garden Event
Miami Heat and partner Health in the Hood hosted a volunteer community gardening event in honor of the week.
3 days, 50+ speakers, 300 participants
100 teachers provided training to engage and connect their students to the importance of food conservation
Miami Dolphins Food Recovery
Food Rescue US, the Miami Dolphins & Centerplate activated a food recovery
Additionally, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried proclaimed the week, along with the City of Clearwater, City of Orlando, City of Hollywood, City of Edgewater and Broward County. The Florida Senate joined them acknowledging the importance of conserving food and preventing food waste by adopting SR 2034 for Florida Food Waste Prevention Week.
Why is reducing food waste so important?
A family of four can save an average $1500 annually.
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
personal action to reduce carbon emissions.
- Project Drawdown
Billion dollars' worth of food is thrown out by Americans annually.
Million tons of food is discarded in America every year.
of the fresh water supply is used to produce wasted food.
Daily Messaging during the Week
Food is life, love, culture, 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 host activities throughout the week.
Thank you Partners!
360 Eats, Inc
ActionCOACH Team Sage
Annapurna Solutions LLC
Arizona State University
Ascendance Sustainable Events
Beachside Montessori Village
Brevard Public Schools
Broward County Commissioner, District 6
Broward County Public Schools
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University
Chartwells at FIU Biscayne
Citrus County Solid Waste
City of Clearwater
City of Dunedin
City of Hallandale Beach
City of Hollywood Florida
City of Largo
City of Orlando
City of St. Petersburg
City of Tampa
City of Winter Park
Coalition of Community Gardeners
Dream in Green
Edible South Florida
Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
EPA, Region IV
Fertile Earth Worm Farm
Feeding South Florida
Feeding Tampa Bay
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Food Policy Council
Florida Keys Children's Shelter
Florida PIRG Students
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Florida School Nutrition Association
Food Conservation Alliance
Food Recovery Network
Food Rescue US
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Hillsborough County Extension Service
Holy Cross Health
Jewish Federation of Broward
Keep Charlotte Beautiful, Inc.
Leon County Office of Sustainability
Manatee County Government
McArthur High School
MPISFL - Meeting Professionals International
NF Green Chamber
Nourishing Lives Inc.
O-Town Compost Inc.
Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste
Recycle Florida Today
Remote Hospitality Team
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Sarasota County Sustainability
School District of Palm Beach County
Sea Straws Co
SKAL International Miami chapter
South Florida Hunger Coalition
Sunflower Discount Grocery Liquidation
Sunshine Community Compost
Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean
SWFL RESET Center
Temple Solel of Hollywood
Tampa Bay Farm 2 School
Tampa Bay Lightning
The CLEO Institute
The LBB Agency
The Miami Beach EDITION
The Society of St Andrew
Title IV, Part A, DOE
Treasure Coast Food Bank
University of Florida IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program
UF/IFAS Extension, Broward County
UF/ IFAS Extension Putnam County
University of Miami
Volusia County Solid Waste Division
World Wildlife Fund