U.S. EPA Food Recovery
Challenge
Urban Surplus
Food Recovery Model
Divert food waste – seeking a Hunger-Free
Community
10/...
USA Food Waste in the Big Picture
FAC
~110,000
cuft
USA sent 70
billion pounds of
food to landfills
in 2011
How many times...
10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 3
Fill the FAC
once every 5.5
minutes
Pilot project in Philadelphia to capture
surplus food
Create a food waste
prevention method
that can be used by
any city o...
Geographic-based
Targeting
Food Pantries and Cupboards
The Food Gap
2,200,000 pounds needed
160,000
pounds
now
6,300,000 pounds now
10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agenc...
Food Sources: what to expect
Sector Participation (%) Diversion(tons)
Grocers (33) 50 50
Restaurants 10 42
(189)
Hotels (4...
Approach and Key Elements
• Community economic organization lead
• Lots of surplus food sources
• Existing “green” initiat...
10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 9
Current Events
http://universitycity.org/university-
city-food-recycling-...
10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 10
Food Recovery Challenge Contacts at USEPA,
Region 3, Philadelphia
1. Tom...
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Urban Surplus Food Recovery Model

  1. 1. U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Urban Surplus Food Recovery Model Divert food waste – seeking a Hunger-Free Community 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1
  2. 2. USA Food Waste in the Big Picture FAC ~110,000 cuft USA sent 70 billion pounds of food to landfills in 2011 How many times would that amount of food fill the FAC ? 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2
  3. 3. 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 3 Fill the FAC once every 5.5 minutes
  4. 4. Pilot project in Philadelphia to capture surplus food Create a food waste prevention method that can be used by any city or town to build a: Food Secure Community
  5. 5. Geographic-based Targeting Food Pantries and Cupboards
  6. 6. The Food Gap 2,200,000 pounds needed 160,000 pounds now 6,300,000 pounds now 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 6
  7. 7. Food Sources: what to expect Sector Participation (%) Diversion(tons) Grocers (33) 50 50 Restaurants 10 42 (189) Hotels (4) 30 9 Colleges (6) 60 36 K-12 (13) 20 2 Farmers Markets (5) 25 2 Hospitals (4) 40 19 Households 5 10 (17,169) Totals 341,200 pounds per month or ~ 11,400 pounds per day 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 7 Grocer Restaurant Hotel Colleges K-12 Farmers Mkts Hospitals Households
  8. 8. Approach and Key Elements • Community economic organization lead • Lots of surplus food sources • Existing “green” initiatives and infrastructure • Food rescue and distribution • Lots and lots of community partners • All-in attitude • Build on the EPA Food Recovery Challenge 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 8
  9. 9. 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 9 Current Events http://universitycity.org/university- city-food-recycling-project Goals and Status •Double residential composting – currently up 40% •Increase first year donations by 50,000 pounds – working with12 new sources
  10. 10. 10/3/2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 10 Food Recovery Challenge Contacts at USEPA, Region 3, Philadelphia 1. Tom O’Donnell, 215-814-2874, odonnell.tom@epa.gov 2. Luke Wolfgang, 215-814-2913, wolfgang.luke@epa.gov

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