Help Fight Food Loss and Waste

Today is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.

September 29, 2021

Food Donations Being Packed

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the day is an opportunity to call on national and local governments, as well as private businesses and individuals, to reduce food loss and waste and work toward restoring and building better and more resilient food systems.

Around the world, around 14 % of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, and about 17% of total global food production is wasted (11% in households, 5% in foodservice industries and 2% in retail).

The number of people affected by hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014. The organization calls on governments, private businesses and the public to take action by introducing technologies, innovative solutions (including e-commerce platforms for marketing and retractable mobile food processing systems), new ways of working and good practices to manage food quality and reduce food loss and waste.

“Our food systems cannot be resilient if they are not sustainable,” writes the organization.

NACS recently launched a food waste topics page that gives convenience retailers four steps to managing food waste. Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, partners with convenience stores to help solve this very pressing issue. The nonprofit works with retailers— small and large—to safely rescue unsold food for hungry Americans in the communities they serve. After the 2021 NACS Show, post-event food and product will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a member of Feeding America, and Chicago’s Bags of Hope. While this year’s totals have yet to be calculated, more than 110,000 pounds of product has been donated in years past.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is hosting a webinar to celebrate International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste today at 16:00 CEST.

Register to attend the 2021 NACS Show October 5-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago and take advantage of the education sessions on preparing for natural disasters and supporting your community, including these sessions developed by retailers for retailers: