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Announcing Food Waste Prevention Week in California

February 14, 2018

The United States is losing up to 40% of its food from farm, to fork, to landfill. In California, nearly 5 million people are food insecure, lacking consistent access to enough food. In contrast, roughly 1 in 8 Californians are experiencing hunger, and 1 in 5 of those are children.

Uneaten food wastes enormous quantities of precious land, water, energy, fertilizer, human resources and money. Food waste also represents the largest single category of waste in landfills in the US. Food waste decaying in landfills emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change.


Food Waste Prevention Week in California

Governor Jerry Brown has issued a letter of support and several state agencies have announced the week of March 5-9, 2018 as California’s first Food Waste Prevention Week. Happening in March to coincide with National Nutrition Month, partners nationwide are urging everyone to Go Further with Food.

Reducing food waste requires action by partners throughout the food system, including food growers, processors, and retailers. But it also requires action from all individuals as well as agencies, organizations, businesses, and community groups. Click here to learn more about how you and your organization can take action.


GET INVOLVED: Food Waste Reduction Hero Photo Challenge

During this year’s Food Waste Prevention Week, we invite you to take part in the Food Waste Reduction Hero Photo Challenge. 

All you have to do is take a few photos (drawings and videos also accepted) that demonstrate:

  1. How food waste happens in your home, workplace or community; and
  2. Barriers you face in reducing food waste such as such as the food packaging or portion size options available for purchase, bulk pricing incentives, storage or time constraints, food disposal options, etc.; and
  3. What actions, or changes, you are making or you see others making to reduce food waste in homes, workplaces, and communities.

Submissions can include before and after pictures, imperfect or ugly produce being used, appropriate portion sizes served, freshly frozen food to be used at a future date, or excess fresh produce from a bulk retailer being shared with neighbors. 

Simply share your submissions via social media platforms using the hashtag #SaveTheFoodCA and tag @SaveTheFood on Twitter and/or Instagram or email them to SaveTheFoodCA@gmail.com. Please include your location and include mention of our dept/agency/organization with your submission.


Food Waste Prevention Week was developed and planned by multiple partners. Founding partners include the Public Health Alliance of Southern California at the Public Health Institute and the Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Planning partners include the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California; CalRecycle; California Department of Education; California Department of Food & Agriculture; California Department of Public Health; California Dietetic Association; Dairy Council of California; Natural Resources Defense Council; Public Health Institute; University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR); UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program; and UCANR Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.