Food Waste Reduction

While approximately one-third of all food produced goes uneaten, hunger persists, and greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar. Preventing and reducing food loss and waste is paramount for climate stability and societal well-being worldwide.

Below is EPA’s new wasted food scale. The Wasted Food Scale reflects the latest science as well as technological advances and changes in operational practices in the wasted food pathways since the Food Recovery Hierarchy was developed. One result from EPA From Field to Bin: The Environmental Impacts of U.S. Food Waste Management Pathways report concludes that:

“Source reduction, donation and upcycling are the most environmentally preferable pathways because they can displace additional food production. The benefits of pathways beyond source reduction, donation, and upcycling are small relative to the environmental impacts of food production; thus, they can do little to offset the environmental impacts of food production.”

Below is the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste alongside the U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. Source reduction is always the first step regarding environmental health no matter what material is being discussed or which authority is being referenced. Click on infographics to learn more.

Hierarchy to prevent food waste.

Nebraska organizations working towards sustainable food systems and food waste reduction

Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska

Click here for a great local food guide from Buy Fresh Buy Local Local Food Guide 2022

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society

Donation and Upcycling-Lincoln


Matt Talbot Kitchen

The Food Bank of Lincoln

The Good Neighbor Community Center

People’s City Mission

Donation and Upcycling-Omaha

No More Empty Pots

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, Inc

Project Hope

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Foodbank For The Heartland

Does your city have organizations that take food donations or provide food for the hungry? Contact us if you want to be added to this webpage.