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Food Recovery

Reduce Student Food Waste

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness can assist your school in reducing student food waste.

Reducing student food waste can cut down on trash pick-up costs, create a greater respect and understanding of food and protect our environment. We offer guidance and educational materials through the School Food Waste Reduction Tool Kit.

K-12 schools have a special role in reducing, recovering and recycling food waste on their premises. They also play an important role in educating the next generation about recovering wholesome excess food.

Find out more about Reducing Food Waste at K-12 Schools (USDA).

Download Our Food Recovery Program Guide

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Why is Food Recovery Important?

Food recovery is important because:

  • Food makes up more than 24% of municipal landfills.
  • Millions of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables are thrown away each year.
  • 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten every year.
  • More than 20% of Florida children face food insecurity.

Find out how the USDA is fighting food waste.

Questions About Food Recovery?

To learn more about food recovery, please contact:

Bela Delgado
Farm to School Coordinator and Food Waste Specialist

[email protected]