160 billion pounds of food!
That’s the amount of food that goes to waste here in the United States each year according to a report by Harvard Law School.
That means up to 40% of food produced in the US goes uneaten. The government estimates the average household throws away 2 million calories per year, the equivalent of $1,500.
Let that sink in for a minute…
So why does this happen? Why do we waste so much? Well, its because of our laws: local, state and federal. That’s right. If you donate food to someone and they get sick or even die, guess who could be liable? You!
We do have some “good samaritan” laws that reduce liability from any harm caused from food donations, meaning you have to have malicious intent to hurt someone, but donating is still a challenge.
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Twenty-one cities have already passed measures that prevent the average citizen from directly sharing food with the homeless. You have to donate to third party non-profit organizations, which takes time to do and still can result in a waste of food.
Clearly something needs to be done, and the donation process needs to be easier. Fortunately, new business startups have created apps that make it easier to donate food you cooked right in your own kitchen directly to those in need.
Our advice? Do your research and find the organizations in your community that can help you reduce your food waste footprint.