of food is thrown away each year
At the same time, nearly 1 million people in Arizona are struggling with food insecurity.
We’re transforming this broken system by connecting tens of thousands of Arizonans with quality food that would have otherwise gone to waste. By reimagining what’s possible for food rescue, we’re making our community and our planet healthier.
At Waste Not, we’re creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish.
We do this by eliminating food waste and hunger through innovative community partnerships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Waste Not?
Waste Not is an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable food systems that help people and the planet flourish.
What do you do?
For over 30 years, Waste Not has been reimagining and reinventing the food rescue process in Arizona. Through innovative partnerships with Valley businesses and other nonprofit organizations, we rescue perishable food before it goes to waste and get it to those in need.
Why is your work so important?
A great deal of time, money, and resources go into growing nutritious food. Yet, each year, 40% of fresh food in the United States is sent to landfills, resulting in over 63 million tons of waste. As this food goes to waste, nearly 1 million in Arizona struggle with food insecurity.
Who does Waste Not serve?
Our partner agencies consist of 60 Valley organizations that are making a difference in our community. These organizations include homeless shelters, transitional housing, senior facilities, preschools, after-school programs, rehabilitation centers, and food pantries. By connecting these nonprofits with fresh food, they’re able to focus on the other critical needs of the individuals and families they serve.
What is food waste?
Food waste is more than just a half-eaten apple thrown in the trash. It is fresh, edible food sent to landfills by farms, manufacturers, grocers, restaurants, and homes.
How can I get involved?
Whether you are a food business that has prepared food going to waste, a nonprofit that serves a hungry community, or are looking to volunteer, your involvement will protect our environment against unnecessary waste while ensuring every Arizonan in need has fresh, nutritious food on their tables.
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