CLEARWATER, FLA. – The city of Clearwater joins leaders from the Food Conservation Alliance, Environmental Protection Agency’s Region IV, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to team up with Recycle Florida Today, Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean, and Florida Atlantic University to announce the first ever “Florida Food Waste Prevention Week” during the week of April 5 to 9, 2021.
This partnership represents a commitment to the mission of raising public awareness and inspiring a call to action to prevent food waste, protect the environment, save money and reduce hunger.
All Floridians benefit from better use of food resources. Food waste reduction begins at home, since up to 40 percent of all food waste occurs in the household. Beyond consumer-level behavior changes, Food Waste Prevention Week prompts Floridians to also consider how food is wasted within their workplaces, communities and recreational destinations.
Why is it important to prevent food waste in Florida?
- Up to 3 million tons of food is wasted each year, which could feed the one in five Floridians who lack consistent access to nutritious food.
- A family of four can save an average of $1,500 per year by reducing food waste.
- Florida’s precious natural resources of land, water and energy are wasted when they are used to create food that is thrown away.
“Preventing food waste supports the city of Clearwater’s sustainability goals of decreasing our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and preserving natural resources,” said Mayor Frank Hibbard. “Recognizing the potential each of us has to personally affect how much food goes unused, I support Food Waste Prevention Week and will take actions to reduce food waste in my home, in city facilities, and our Clearwater community.”
For more information on the Florida Food Waste Prevention Week, visit www.SaveTheFoodFL.com. To learn more about how to keep Clearwater clean and green, visit the city’s sustainability and resiliency website at www.MyClearwater.com/Sustainability.
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