There’s no better time to discuss the food waste challenge than before the holidays, where many households spend days cooking and consume only a fraction of the food prepared for the big meal. A whopping $293 million in food waste is generated during Thanksgiving alone.
The food waste recovery movement, organized by ReFED, has been hard at work to not just calculate the problem at hand, but to also find ways to reduce food waste. SeaShare is a member of the ReFED Insights Engine, an online data center designed to serve as the next generation of data, insights, and guidance on U.S. food waste. This data is meant to lay the foundation for action to reduce food waste and loss in the United States by 50% by 2030, which is one of the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for nations worldwide.
After the global pandemic was announced in winter of 2020, restaurants closed as Americans were quarantining. The aftermath of restaurant closures was a ton of potential food waste. SeaShare worked with its seafood processing partners by taking seafood produced for the foodservice industry and having it re-packed in food-bank friendly packaging. This fast thinking enabled SeaShare to reduce about 200,000 pounds — or 800,000 seafood servings — of potential food waste and send it to food banks instead.
SeaShare has been in engaged in the food-waste reduction industry for many years, and we readily work with seafood processors to support repackaging and/or labeling of seafood inventory to divert it to food banks. Nutrient-dense seafood is hard to come by in the food-bank industry and is typically the first item to go when available. Reach out and donate today to help us recover potential waste and make seafood meals for those in need.