Members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)—representing the nation’s grocers, food manufacturers and restaurants—met with staff from the US House of Representatives to brief them on the alliance’s mission and progress to mitigate food waste in the US.

In collaboration with food donation organizations, NGOs, waste experts, and a host of other partners along the supply chain, FWRA produces workable resources, such as best practices in reducing food waste, that offer reality-based applications and guidance to the various aspects of our food production system.

The alliance maintains three goals:

1. Reduce food lost within our operations, so it never becomes waste;

2. Recover safe and nutritious food that might have been wasted by sending it to those in need;

3. Recycle unavoidable food waste by diverting it away from landfills to more productive uses, including animal feed, compost or food to energy.

“Food waste can happen anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the manufacturer to the retailer or restaurant, and in our homes or at work – it’s estimated that 25-40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed – so the opportunity and the need to reduce food waste have never been greater,” says Meghan Stasz, senior director, sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association.