Great Lakes Region Joins NRDC's Food Matters Initiative

The NRDC Food Matters team is excited to announce the next phase of our work to reduce food waste in cities. We are expanding the Food Matters Regional Initiative into the Great Lakes region with the goal of furthering larger-scale change related to food waste at a regional level. From a pool of applicants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin we selected five participants:

Great Lakes

Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Madison, WI
Make Food Not Waste in Detroit, MI
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) in Franklin County, OH


Each participant in the Great Lakes region includes a group of local representatives who work with NRDC to set goals, develop workplans, convene a working group, track impact and share knowledge across the region. NRDC will work with each city or county to estimate baseline food waste generation and food rescue potential and work collaboratively to implement 4-5 food waste reduction strategies throughout the next 2.5 years.

The Great Lakes cohort is the third Food Matters Regional cohort and joins the two existing cohorts in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Throughout the duration of the initiative, NRDC will host convenings to share strategy learnings and workshop initiative development.

We are excited to expand this regional food waste initiative and anticipate sharing our successes throughout the course of the project.