From the USDA
Wegmans Food Markets is one of the inaugural class of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions.
Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Nov. 17 announced the list of champions -- U.S. businesses and organization that pledge to reduce food loss and waste in their operations by 50 percent by 2030.
The Champions are:
Ahold USA, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup
Company, Conagra Brands, Delhaize America, General Mills, Kellogg
Company, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart, Wegman's Food Markets, Weis
Markets and YUM! Brands.
In the United States, the EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills
and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash,
about 21 percent of the waste stream.
Keeping wholesome and nutritious
food in our communities and out of landfills helps communities and the
42 million Americans that live in food insecure households. Reducing
food waste also impacts climate change as 20 percent of total U.S.
methane emissions come from landfills.
Each 2030 Champion establishes a baseline marking where they are
today and will measure and report on their progress toward the goal in a
way that makes sense for their organization.
"Wegmans is committed to making a difference in every community we
serve, and one of the ways we're delivering on this promise is through
our commitment to reducing food waste," said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability at Wegmans.
"From reducing avoidable food
waste in our stores, and diverting unavoidable food scraps from
landfills by offering them as feed for local livestock or sending them
for composting or anaerobic digestion, to working with more than 350
food banks and pantries for daily food pickups at our stores, we're
taking measurable steps to reduce food waste throughout each and every
one of our communities," he said.
"We are proud to be a Food Loss and Waste 2030
Champion, and to be among this group of industry leaders that are coming
together with the EPA and USDA to address the issue of food waste in
our nation," Wadsworth said.