ReFED Inc Newsletter: September 2017

ReFED Inc Newsletter: September 2017


ReFED Inc Newsletter: September 2017

  |   September 12, 2017

Dear ReFED Community, This summer has been an exciting time of growth and progress, both for ReFED and in the effort to reduce wasted food at scale. We have developed new programs around food business engagement, capital and innovation, and are growing our team.

On Wednesday, ReFED, Food Tank, and Rockefeller Foundation are co-hosting Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste: 2017 Food Tank Summit NYC. This one-day event features over 40 food system experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, writers, chefs, nonprofits, businesses, and government representatives. The entire event was streamed on Facebook Live
As we move into fall, look out for the release of our Stakeholder Action Guides for restaurants, retail, and foodservice companies and updates on the formal launch of our Funder’s Collaborative!
Chris Cochran
Executive Director, ReFED

ReFED in Action
On The Hill

Following the release of Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill, ReFED joined Food Policy Action, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, and celebrity chefs in Washington D.C. to brief congressional representatives and staffers on the importance of addressing food waste through common sense policies. We discussed federal policy priorities, including date label standardization, increased on-farm food recovery, expanded donation liability protections, and support for organic waste bans.
Progress on Date Labeling Standardization
Current date labeling practices cause confusion, leading to an estimated 20% of consumer waste. ReFED’s Date Labeling Working Group consulted with more than 40 food safety experts to develop a beta version of a tool to promote the accelerated adoption of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute’s voluntary commitment to standardize date labels by helping manufacturers determine which label to use for different products. Standardized date labels are expected to address over $2 billion of wasted consumer spending every year.
ReFED Expands
ReFED is excited to announce that our team is growing! We recently welcomed two new Fellows, Zoe Wong and Angel Veza. Zoe joins ReFED in support of our Capital & Innovation programs, and Angel is working on ReFED’s Stakeholder Action Guides. Welcome Angel and Zoe! We look forward to expanding our team even further, and recently posted job descriptions for three new positions. Find additional details and application instructions below, and please share with any exceptional candidates in your network.

ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions to the problem. ReFED leverages data and insights to highlight supply chain inefficiencies and economic opportunities; mobilizes and connects people to take targeted action; and catalyzes capital to spur innovation and scale high-impact initiatives. ReFED’s goal is a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system that optimizes environmental resources, minimizes climate impacts, and makes the best use of the food we grow.

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