Bureau of Food Distribution
The Food Recovery Resource Guide
Why is Food Recovery Needed?

A study by the Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project reports that most low-income families must receive food assistance from several sources, relying on Federal food assistance programs as well as emergency food programs. Even with federal assistance and the work of charities and nonprofit organizations, nearly 20 percent of the requests for emergency food assistance go unmet.

Why is Food Recovery Needed?

In a study by the USDA for the period ending April 1999, it was reported that about 31 million Americans were food insecure, with 12 million (39%) of them being children. The preliminary data showed that 10.1 percent of U.S. households reported that at some time during the previous year they were uncertain of having, or were unable to acquire, adequate food to meet their basic needs. Of these, about 3 million households were food insecure to the extent that one or more household members went hungry at least some during the year. It is deplorable that this is happening while a quarter of the nation’s food is thrown away each year.

Chronic hunger and malnutrition take a heavy toll on children’s lives. Days missed from school, inattention in class, stunted growth and frequent illness jeopardize their education and their futures as productive citizens.

Currently, 7.2 percent of Florida’s elders are considered "food insecure" compared to 6 percent nationally. This 7.2 percent figures equates to 250,397 sixty plus, food insecure Floridians.

Yet, according to a 1997 study by the USDA, approximately one-fourth of America’s food goes to waste each year, with an estimated 96 billion pounds of food ending up in landfills. Millions of people could have benefited from those lost resources.


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