Toolkit for Building a Municipal Food Waste Strategy

The three-part guide is designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results-driven.

Studies show that more than 100 million tons of food are wasted each year in the United States, meaning that all of the money, resources, and labor that go into its production and all the nutrition it contains are lost with it. Through its work in recent years, NYSP2I has learned that many communities want to avoid these losses by helping residents and businesses better manage wasted food.

Part 1: Defining Your Goals

This tool is designed to help you achieve the following:

  • Set realistic goals for a municipal food waste program.
  • Single out possible funding streams.
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders in your community to gain leadership support


Part 2: Defining Your Scope

This tool is designed to help you achieve the following:

  • Conduct foundational research for a food waste program.
  • Engage connected stakeholders.
  • Plan for and launch a pilot food waste program


Part 3: Scaling Your Pilot

This tool is designed to help you achieve the following:

  • Make use of the pilot learnings.
  • Create an implementation plan for scaling up from a pilot.
  • Launch and sustain a food waste program.


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