Diverting, Preventing and Reducing Hospitality Food Waste

The Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge

In November 2018, Mayor David Briley relaunched the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge, which encourages area restaurants to take small steps to reduce the amount of food going to waste. The Challenge, which had a successful pilot run in 2017, is now open to all hospitality and food service businesses at no cost and will be ongoing.

Participating in the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge will reduce the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills, while helping to relieve hunger by donating wholesome, edible food to local nonprofits serving over 100,000 food-insecure residents in Davidson County.

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More than 50 Nashville restaurants have taken the Challenge, reducing the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills while helping to relieve hunger by donating wholesome, surplus food to local nonprofits serving over 100,000 food-insecure residents in Davidson County. 

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If we reduced our food waste by just 30 percent and redistributed that food effectively, we could take care of all 42 million food-insecure Americans every day of the year. By measuring our food waste, setting a food-waste reduction target, and then working to meet it, we can make a difference. 

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Up to forty percent of all food in America goes uneaten, with 95 percent of that wasted food ending up in landfills or incinerators, according to NRDC. In 2015, NRDC selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and on-the-ground actions to address food waste.