What We Do
Driving Systemwide Change
In the U.S., a staggering 38% of all food goes unsold or uneaten – the equivalent of 149 billion meals annually. It's valued at $444 billion, roughly 2% of U.S. GDP, and it has the same climate footprint as the entire U.S. aviation industry (passenger, commercial, and military).
ReFED is a national nonprofit that leverages a holistic view of the food system to collaborate with key audiences and generate large-scale, meaningful impact. Recognized as a leading voice for change, we accomplish our work by:
News & Events
ReFED's New Estimates on Food Waste in the United States: 2020-2021, Trends, and COVID-19 Impact
May 24, 2023
Last month, ReFED released the inaugural update to the Insights Engine’s Food Waste Monitor, Solutions Database, Impact Calculator, and Policy Finder. Here's a deeper dive into the numbers and what they mean for decision-makers working to reduce food waste.Read Article
Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps® Food Waste Fellowship Partners with ReFED for Second Year in a Row
May 10, 2023Read Article
Key Learnings from the First Open Call of the ReFED Catalytic Grant Fund
May 10, 2023Read Article
ReFED Releases New Food Waste Estimates and Calls for Increased Action by Food System
April 19, 2023Read Article
Leading NGOs Launch Coalition to Advocate for Food Waste Policy
April 26, 2023Read Article
Leveraging Data & Insights
Food waste is a solvable problem.
But to solve it, businesses, governments, investors, and innovators need data to determine where to focus their efforts and see what their impact would be, along with expert resources to identify the most effective ways to reduce food waste. From the release of our very first Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste to the launch of our Insights Engine, ReFED has served as a definitive source for data and economic analysis on food waste and the solutions to fight it, with a trusted history of producing tools and resources that support action.
Your Source for Data and Solutions
ReFED Insights Engine
The Insights Engine is a first-of-its-kind information hub offering a detailed analysis of food surplus and waste by sector, state, and year; its causes and impacts; and the most effective solutions to fight it. Built from more than 50 public and proprietary datasets, it features an extensive cost-benefit analysis of 40+ solutions that can drive measurable reductions up and down the supply chain, a growing directory of solution providers ready to partner on food waste initiatives, and more.Learn More
A Guide for Taking Action
Roadmap to 2030: Reducing U.S. Food Waste
A comprehensive blueprint for systemwide change that builds on the solutions in the Insights Engine, the Roadmap to 2030 identifies seven key action areas to help guide the food system’s efforts to reduce food waste by half. Plus, it includes detailed stakeholder recommendations, an overview of essential levers like policy and innovation, and an in-depth financial analysis to help direct the private, public, and philanthropic funding needed to move the needle.Learn More
Research Current Policy
Food Waste Policy Finder
Policy is unique in its power to provide a spark that can move the food system to action, and throughout the last few years, a range of policies have been enacted to support efforts to cut the amount of food lost or wasted at all stages of the supply chain. Our Policy Finder helps you explore legislative and regulatory policies on the federal and state levels, best practices, and case studies – plus use the color-coded map to compare policies in across the country.Learn More
Catalyzing Capital & Innovation
Food waste solutions offer environmental, social, and economic returns.
ReFED’s analysis shows that an annual investment of $18 billion – including $5 billion from catalytic sources – can reduce food waste across the food system by more than 58 million tons each year and generate $74 billion in annual net financial benefit. It would also cut greenhouse gas emissions, save water and cropland, create jobs, and recover billions of meals for those in need. ReFED is driving this impact by empowering innovators and shepherding the capital needed to help scale solutions, with a suite of best-in-class resources and services.
Explore Our Tailored Resources
Capital of all types is needed to reach food waste reduction goals, but funders don’t always know where their money can make the most impact. We’ve pulled together a comprehensive assessment of the financing opportunities associated with developing and scaling food waste solutions, as well as additional resources and services to help you reach your funding goals.Learn More
Explore Our Tailored Resources
We’re committed to growing the impact of food waste solution providers through partnership opportunities, awareness building, pitch events, and a range of tools and resources – all designed to help you get your solution in front of funders and prospective business partners.Learn More
A New Tool in the ReFED Insights Engine
Food Waste Capital Tracker
The Capital Tracker offers a deep-dive look at private capital food waste investments – from industry-wide trends to deal-level details. Through an extensive analysis of investment data sourced from PitchBook, ReFED has created a first-of-its-kind platform to support capital providers and solution providers in developing their food waste funding strategies.Learn More
Mobilizing Businesses & People
A systemwide problem requires systemwide action.
Food loss and waste occur up and down the entire supply chain, and decisions made at one stage frequently affect what happens at another. That’s why ReFED is working to connect stakeholders from across the food system in mutually beneficial collaborations, through industry and sector partnerships, stakeholder networks, cross-sector events – including our annual Food Waste Solutions Summit – and more.
Be Part of the Excitement This May!
2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit
Meet us in St.Louis, MO, for three days of insights, innovation, and action. The Food Waste Solutions Summit is the premier food waste event of the year — bringing together food businesses, funders, solution providers, policymakers, nonprofits, and more to drive the adoption of food waste solutions.Learn More
Increase Your Impact
Food Waste Action Network
Designed to inspire collaboration between individuals and organizations from across the food system and from a diverse set of backgrounds, the Food Waste Action Network offers a range of free programming, including networking opportunities, lunch n’ learns, innovation demo days, and more.Learn More
Accelerate the Flow of Capital
Food Waste Funder Circle
A special network designed for private, public, and philanthropic funders – both individual investors and representatives from funder organizations– interested in using their capital to solve food waste challenges, the Food Waste Funder Circle offers tailored programming and resources for education, collaboration, and investment.Learn More
How You Can Fight Food Waste
Food waste affects us all, so we all have a role to play in fighting it. No matter how you’re connected to the food system, there are things that you can do right now to bring about change – our action pages explain how.
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There’s A Place For You In This Movement
Whether you’re from a food business or nonprofit… are a funder, solution provider, policymaker, or researcher… have subject matter expertise or are new to the topic… see all the ways that we can work together.
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Help Us Create A Sustainable, Inclusive, And Resilient Food System
Reducing food waste is a core solution to fight climate change, increase food security, and make the best use of the money being spent to grow, harvest, process, transport, store, and consume food. Your support of ReFED helps us guide the food system in making changes that will benefit us all.
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ReFED Insights Engine
The Insights Engine is an online hub for data and insights about food waste, featuring a detailed cost-benefit analysis of more than 40 food waste reduction solutions; facts and figures about the extent, causes, and impacts of food waste built from dozens of public and proprietary datasets; a directory of organizations ready to partner on food waste reduction initiatives – from waste prevention to food recovery and food waste recycling – and more. With more granular data, more extensive analyses, more customized views, and the most up-to-date information, the Insights Engine has been designed from the ground up to provide anyone interested in food waste reduction with the information they need to take meaningful action.