Food Waste Reduction: Philanthropy for People and the Planet - A Webinar Hosted by Community Food Funders

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
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Up to 40% of food in the United States is wasted along with all of the resources used to produce, distribute, and prepare it. Furthermore, food production and food waste disposal generate significant greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of the food supply chain. Meanwhile, millions of people struggle with food insecurity while good food goes to waste. 

Food waste reduction offers philanthropy an opportunity to address many of our world’s existential challenges, including combating the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, improving environmental health protections, and fighting racial injustice. It is at the intersection of many other issues including food access, local food systems, and many more. Addressing food waste is a unique issue requiring both individual and systemic actions. Each of us has a role to play in solving food waste and now is the time to act.

Join us for a deep dive into the problem of food waste, where funding has been going, how local and national organizations are establishing innovative partnerships to address food waste, and why and where funders should get involved.

What will you learn?

  • Background and overview of the size of the food waste problem, current landscape of stakeholders and solutions, and challenges of adoption
  • Connections between food waste and environment, health, neighborhood well-being, anti-hunger, food system, sustainability, climate change, and more
  • What areas would be most impactful in addressing food waste
  • How philanthropy can advance food waste reduction solutions through their sustainable food grantmaking and examples of capital catalyzing change


  • Andrea Collins, Sustainable Food System Specialist, NRDC
  • Alejandro Enamorado, Member, ReFED

Who should attend?

All interested funders are welcome to attend! Whether your focus is on nutrition or hunger, food chain workers or farmland preservation, emergency food or food waste, we all have a part to play in creating the just food system that everyone deserves. We encourage your attendance whether you’re a long-time CFF member, just entering the field of food systems change, or a curious bystander.

How do you sign up?

Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. (no fee).  If you would like to help organize a roundtable on a topic you are interested in, please reach out to Adam Liebowitz at

Registration is required by May 13. 

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