Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 15 million children, are currently going hungry. As the richest nation in the world, it’s tragic that so many live in food insecure homes.
At the same time, 40% of all food in America is wasted. If we reduced the amount of food we throw away by just 15%, we could feed nearly 25 million hungry people.
I recently introduced landmark legislation to combat hunger and protect our environment by reducing food waste across the country. My comprehensive bill includes a provision that would reform the “sell by” date most of our food carries. We all know that food is still safe and healthy far past that date—sometimes even years later—but these dates are set by manufacturers, some of whom are looking to turn a profit by selling more product when you throw yours away.