How much of the produce that food banks receive comes directly from farms?

In 2018, Feeding America received roughly 824 million pounds* of donated produce directly from farmers and growers. This 824 million pounds is the closest national figure available, but some food banks aren’t in Feeding America’s network so the total number is likely larger.

Meanwhile, ReFED estimates that a total of 20 billion pounds is still going to waste on farms each year. This means that for every 1 pound of produce food banks recover from farms, there are still about 25 pounds of perfectly nutritious produce going to animal feed, compost, landfill, or being left in the fields.

The root of the problem of hunger is not supply, but distribution. As Feeding America has said, America grows enough food to feed everyone but due to the massive amount of waste in this country we still have 40 million Americans struggling with hunger.


*12 pounds of food is the equivalent to 10 meals. FA reported 687 Million meals donated by Farmers and Growers

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