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We are a community of volunteers working together to reduce food waste in Western North Carolina

Why Does Food Waste Matter?

In the United States, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of available food is wasted. With the seeming abundance of food all around us, it’s hard to imagine the impact that food waste has to our community. Reducing food waste could not only help to feed thousands of hungry people but it could also minimize the impact to climate change, reduce what ends up at our landfills and increase food security.

The Food Waste Solutions Summit is a “come one, come all” invitation to anyone interested in the problem of food waste in WNC. From individuals and food-focused community organizations, to municipalities, businesses, and educational institutions, the Summit asks participants to identify their place in our community and how we can manage food waste together.


November 9, 2023 | 9:00AM-4:00PM


Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center
16 Fernihurst Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

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Who cares if a carrot has a slight bend? They’re all the same when they end up on the plate.
Tristam Stuart
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Michael Pollan
Many of the items that we consider “waste” are culinary staples in other cultures because people have found a way to make them delicious through good cooking.
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Food production is the single biggest cause of deforestation. The single biggest cause of water extraction. The single biggest cause of habitat loss and biodiversity loss. Meanwhile, one third of all of that impact is going on to produce food that ends up being wasted.

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