The Florida Food Policy Council has joined a public private partnership challenging Floridians to become food waste reduction heroes by launching inaugural Florida Food Waste Prevention Week which runs from April 5th to 9th, 2021.
FLFPC joins leaders from around the state including the Food Conservation Alliance, EPA Region IV, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to team up with Recycle Florida Today, Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean, and Florida Atlantic University for this important event.
This partnership represents a commitment to the mission of raising public awareness and inspiring a call to action to prevent food waste, protect the environment, save money and reduce hunger.
On April 8th at 11AM, Whitney Fung FLFPC member and Data Insights Manager at Feeding Tampa Bay, will be representing the council at the special virtual event “Florida Food Policy Update and Road Ahead” to discuss current initiatives on food waste with Josh Kelly, Materials Management Section Chief with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, along with Moderator Elaine Fiore, President of Food Conservation Alliance.
Beyond consumer level behavior changes, Food Waste Prevention Week prompts Floridians to also consider how food is wasted within their workplaces, communities and recreational destinations. Food Waste Prevention Week challenges both organizations and residents throughout the state to become Food Waste Reduction Heroes.
As Food Waste Reduction Heroes, what are we saving?
- Up to 3 million tons of annual food waste which could feed the 1 in 5 Floridians that lack consistent access to nutritious food.
- A family of four can save on average $1500 per year.
- Florida’s critical natural resources of land, water, and energy, used to create otherwise good food that is wasted.
For more information on the Florida Food Waste Prevention Week, visit here.