Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten. But at the same time, one in eight Americans struggles to put enough food on the table.

NRDC works to make America’s food system more efficient and less wasteful. We help cities redirect surplus food to people in need. We inspire consumers to waste less food at home and equip them with the strategies to make it happen. We push the food industry and the federal government to put an end to confusing date labels and adopt other waste-reducing policies. And we work with communities, businesses, and policy makers to support the prevention of food waste, the rescue of surplus food, and the composting of food scraps across the supply chain.

What We're Doing


We work with cities to keep good food from going to waste.

Policy Solution

NRDC is helping ramp up federal efforts to prevent and reduce food waste from farm to fork.

What You Can Do

Save the Food

Help save money, water, fuel, and the environment with these smart strategies from NRDC and the Ad Council.

Your freezer could be the secret to saving money and reducing food waste

Composting is way easier than you think

Experts & Resources