We believe nutritious food should go to people, not landfills.
We Don’t Waste works to reduce hunger and food waste in the Denver area by recovering quality, unused food from the food industry and delivering it to nonprofit partners, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools and daycare programs, and more.
Why is good food wasted?
We’re not talking about leftovers or stuff that’s gone bad. We mean good food. Every day, food businesses throw out high-quality, delicious food. It could be pallets of fresh bell peppers that aren’t the ideal shape. Or carrots that are a little crooked. Or milk that was over-ordered for a local school district. Point is, it’s food that could feed people rather than ending up in a landfill.
The food waste crisis
As much as 40 percent of all food goes unsold or uneaten in the United States. Instead of being consumed, this food ends up in a landfill, where it decomposes and releases methane — a greenhouse gas between 24 and 87 times more potent than CO2. This makes reducing food waste one of the top three ways to reverse climate change.
The problem of hunger
Hunger is a huge problem in our community. In fact, as many as 1 in 3 Coloradans are experiencing food insecurity — and the rate is even higher for people of color and households with children.
What We're doing about the problem
Rather than see food waste as a problem, We Don’t Waste sees it as a solution! By recovering good food that would otherwise go to waste, we’re able feed our community. Because no one should go to bed hungry.