Making sure there’s enough food for olive us
This September, for Hunger Action Month, we’re working to raise awareness of hunger in America—and show that wasting less food is one very powerful way we can all help address it.
According to the USDA, more than 38 million people, including 12 million children, face food insecurity in the United States. On the flip side, food takes up more space in U.S. landfills than plastic (source: EPA and ReFED). All of that food that could be redirected toward those in need is otherwise tossed aside, unused, or rotting away—which is also terrible for the environment.
The good news? Wasting less food is a solution that helps address food insecurity and climate change, and it’s something each of us can do at home everyday (source: Drawdown). In fact, the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy pyramid cites reducing the amount of unwanted surplus food and feeding hungry people as two of the best ways to address our food waste problem, benefiting not only the environment, but society and the economy.
In short: Nothing is im-pasta-ble when we work together!
How does this work, exactly?
We’ve always been inspired and motivated by causes bigger than ourselves and our company, which is why our mission is to eliminate food waste and build a better food system for everyone. It’s the core of our apple, and shapes everything we do (including becoming a B Corp in 2021). That includes making sure we do our part to help fight hunger so that everyone has the food they need.
Here’s how that looks in practice:
- At the sourcing level, we partner with local farmers and producers to save fruits and vegetables, surplus items, and more from being wasted.
- At the customer level, we empower everyday folks to take action in their kitchen and rescue fresh, delicious food that would otherwise end up in landfills, like upcycled snacks and produce that celebrates quirky looks and less-than-perfect shapes.
- All year long, our a-maize-ing customers (like you!) power our ability to donate any products we don’t sell to 60+ incredible partners around the country. So far, we’ve donated 15,325,667 pounds of food to people facing hunger!
From start to finish, we’re so honored to be able to team up with the community—from farmers and producers to customers and nonprofits—to make small but important changes that add up. It’s a big dill.
“I can’t tell you how grateful people are to receive such great quality food at a food distribution for free,” says Jess from one of our community partners, the Los Angeles Leadership Academy Farm. “Prices are so high lately we really see how it’s affecting people’s lives. So thank you all for really giving people a little more breathing room.”
In short: By shopping with Imperfect, you’re reducing food waste and supporting organizations like Jess’s that are dedicated to helping people facing hunger. This month is an opportunity to deepen our collective impact even more, growing the movement to build a less wasteful food system where everyone has enough food to eat.
Small steps you can take
To take even more steps in the ripe direction during September, donate money, time, and food to local organizations fighting hunger near you.
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