At least 80% of accounts to be Food Recovery Certified by 2018
Studies estimate that if just one-fourth of all food thrown away by food service providers each year was donated, we could theoretically eliminate hunger in the United States, where 1 in 6 people are food insecure, many of them children.
Bon Appétit has long believed that wholesome, excess food should feed people, not waste bins or landfills. We follow the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which recommends best practices for how to sustainably prevent and manage food waste, meaning we make sure our accounts are actively preventing waste at the source and donating leftovers to local hunger relief organizations, in that order.
At the 2015 Food Waste and Hunger Summit held in Athens, GA, we announced we were taking it a step further with a new, formal commitment to food recovery. We vowed that by the end of 2018, at least 80 percent of our accounts will be Food Recovery Verified, meaning they are regularly (not just occasionally) donating their excess food to people in need and are certified by an independent third party. And in October 2015, we rolled out a new tool, the Food Standards Dashboard, that will allow us to track our progress toward this goal.