April 04, 2017 at 09:00AM
After paper, food scraps are the nation’s second largest source of waste, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Leftovers fill 18% of landfills and make up over 30 million tons of what is sent to dumps each year.
“Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim,” founder Komal Ahmad said. “That’s how much food goes wasted every single day in America.”
Since Feeding Forward launched in 2013, the service, which so far serves only the San Francisco Bay Area, has recovered more than 684,000 pounds of food. That means it’s fed more than 570,000 people and diverted more than 3.42 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from landfills.