Akshaya Patra’s food recovery project is a game-changer. It rescues edible food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to those in need, tackling two critical issues at the same time: food waste and food insecurity.
The food recovery project is a step towards creating a more sustainable and equitable food system, and we all can be part of this positive change.
Food waste is a major problem in the United States. According to the USDA 30-40% of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This waste has significant environmental and economic impacts, including the depletion of natural resources, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and economic losses for farmers and businesses.
At the same time, food insecurity remains a significant issue in many communities. According to the USDA, in 2020, an estimated 34 million people in the US were food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
Akshaya Patra USA has launched a new Food Recovery Initiative that aims to simultaneously address both food waste and food insecurity in the United States. In the first two food recovery projects Akshaya Patra USA has helped recover a total of 97,632 lbs. of food.
Akshaya Patra USA has adopted a unique approach to simultaneously tackle two critical issues – hunger and food waste. Our solution successfully brings five entities together – the surplus food sources, food pick up service providers, transport service providers, delivery service providers, and food distributors.
Our approach to food recovery is to partner with food manufacturers, businesses and other organizations to collect surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.
The next step then is to sort and distribute this food to food banks, soup kitchens, senior centers, and shelters that serve people in need.
In addition to reducing food waste and addressing food insecurity, the food recovery project has other benefits.
This initiative supports local communities. It helps businesses save money by reducing waste disposal fees, take advantage of tax benefits and provides volunteers with opportunities to get involved in their communities.
If you are a surplus food source, don’t let your excess food go to waste! Partner with Akshaya Patra and help us recover and distribute edible food to those in need.
If you are a food distributor, partner with us! We are looking for a large number of food distributors across the USA. If you wish to volunteer with us in solving this vital problem at hand in the USA, contact us to learn more.