Food waste is a pressing issue in the US. The USDA is committing an extra $25 million, via the American Rescue Plan Act, teaming up with both the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Office of the Chief Economist.
More than one-third of US food never reaches our plates. Such loss negatively affects our economy, environment, and food security potential. Spearheaded by Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA NIFA is striving to change this trajectory.
Over the past few years, NIFA has supported 527 projects with a total of $123.5 million. Fresh funding is set to broaden several existing programs, with an emphasis on fostering links between food producers, suppliers, and recovery groups.
The spotlight is on 12 Community Food Projects, receiving $4.3 million. They will focus on areas like Hawaii and New York, working towards sustainable food systems and nutrition access for the less privileged.
NIFA’s Food and Agriculture Service-Learning Program will benefit, enlightening students about food waste prevention. Recognized projects include those in Alabama and Connecticut, all aiming to educate and action change.
Jean Buzby of the USDA considers this financial input a double success. Their plan is to minimize waste while ensuring the hungry get nutritious meals. Source : wisconsinagconnection