Food insecurity in households with children under 18 has increased by about 130 percent from 2018 to today (Brookings Institute, 2020). Already, 135 million people had been facing acute food shortages, but now with the pandemic, 130 million more could go hungry in 2020 according to Arif Husain, chief economist at the World Food Program, a United Nations agency. Altogether, an estimated 265 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation by year’s end.
At the same time, food waste is the second biggest solid waste in the country (Environmental Protection Agency, 2014). Per the Environmental Protection Agency, 291,000 pounds of food is wasted monthly, making food waste the biggest occupant in America landfills. There are simple steps that we can start taking today to offset some of these trends!