Food Waste and Hunger


Americans wasted 33.79 million tons of food in 2010, enough to fill 91 Empire State Buildings, and a 16 percent increase from a decade ago. The average American wastes 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year. Meanwhile, more than 17 million American households were considered “food insecure” in 2010, meaning it was difficult to provide enough food for everyone in the family. 46 million Americans, about one in seven people, relied on food stamps.

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