Every year in Washington, millions of pounds of useable food ends up in landfills. In fact, an estimated 25% of all food produced in the U.S. fails to find a market and ultimately goes to waste. Yet at the same time, there are 35.1 million Americans that are hungry or at risk of going hungry.
Recognizing these challenges, Food Lifeline provides several innovative solutions that give food companies a convenient, reliable and safe way to channel surplus food to hungry people. Food producers and retailers give us unmarketable yet wholesome food that would otherwise end up in crowded landfills. Food Lifeline then distributes this food through a network of nearly 300 member food banks, shelters, and meal programs throughout Western Washington.
Check out the celebrity chef cooking challenge on the Food Network, educating the public about wholesome food that ends up in the waste stream simply because it’s not marketable! Our job at Food Lifeline is to ensure perfectly good food (like much of the food shown in this video) is not wasted, but redirected to our network of 300 local food banks, meal programs and shelters to feed hungry people. View the 2 1/2 minute version or view the 14 minute version. Or, simply learn more about our food gathering programs. Please note that at Food Lifeline, we adhere to strict food safety guidelines and ensure all of the donated food we receive is properly handled, transported, processed and closely inspected before it is redistributed out to our network.