Americans Waste $450 Million Worth of Food on Thanksgiving

Americans Waste $450 Million Worth of Food on Thanksgiving

Haylie Shipp
Haylie Shipp
With your Southeast Regional Ag News, I’m Haylie Shipp. This is the Ag Information Network.

Research into food waste always presents eye-opening statistics, but when we look at it during what Shawn Shepherd of ReFED calls the “food holiday,” those statistics are downright staggering.

In the U.S., 35% of all food goes unsold or uneaten. We’re talking on an annual scale. That is almost 90 billion meals’ worth of food. It's valued at $418 billion.

So what is Thanksgiving’s share? I spoke with Shawn on Wednesday…

“Americans are going to waste 305 million pounds of food. And that’s food worth $450 million.”

Doing the rough math, she says this equates to every single person in America wasting a pound of food on Thanksgiving…

“Just what we’re throwing away could feed every hungry American 6-and-a-half meals. That’s just what we’re throwing away.”

Cook consciously, make sure you have a plan for those leftovers, and get a to-go container for anybody that might be coming to your home for the holidays.

Again Shawn Shepherd of ReFED. They are a national nonprofit that leverages a holistic view of the food system to collaborate with key audiences and generate large-scale, meaningful impact.

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