In New York alone, 250,000 tons of food are wasted annually by the state’s largest food scrap generators, such as supermarkets, restaurants, colleges, and hospitals.
According to the N.Y. Department for Environmental Conservation (DEC), if just 5% of that food was donated, food banks would see a 20% increase in food available for consumption.
Instead, most of the food goes to landfills and incinerators, where it’s not only being wasted, but also contributes to our emissions of greenhouse gases.
A $4 million-dollar grant from the DEC will help food scrap generators divert food waste away from landfills and to people who need it.
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