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

100+ Partners

Representing a wide variety of industries

Food Future


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.

Social Media

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

Teacher Education

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.

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Why is reducing food waste so important?

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Saves Money

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


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Reduces Hunger

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

Floridians lack consistent access to nutritious food.

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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


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

BioBag Americas

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

Code Explorers

Diamond Scientific

Dream in Green

Edible South Florida

Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County

EPA, Region IV

Evergreen Events

Farm Share

Fertile Earth Worm Farm

Feeding Florida

Feeding South Florida

Feeding Tampa Bay

Filthy Organics

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 PTA

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Florida School Nutrition Association

Food Conservation Alliance

Food Recovery Network

Food Rescue US

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Frice Cream

Fruitful Earthlings

HelmsBriscoe Florida

Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Extension Service

Holy Cross Health 


Jewish Federation of Broward

Keep Charlotte Beautiful, Inc.

Leon County Office of Sustainability


Logos Capital


Manatee County Government

McArthur High School

MEANS Database

MetaCorp N.V.

Miami Dolphins

Miami Heat


MPISFL - Meeting Professionals International

NF Green Chamber

Nourishing Lives Inc.

O-Town Compost Inc.


Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste

Recycle Florida Today

REEF Technology


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

Sustainable Florida


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

Transition Sarasota

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


Thank you to our Sponsors!






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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