College Campuses Take on Food Waste

Students across the UC system coming together to combat food waste

Rebecca Bork (middle) and her children, Ava and Finn, are among those who benefit from having fresh produce delivered by UCLA students. (Photo by Taya Kendall)If you piled up all the perfectly edible food that Americans throw away each day, it would fill the Rose Bowl, twice. Put another way, about 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten – Americans toss out $165 billion worth of food each year.

“It’s a really huge number,” said UC Berkeley graduate student Becky Mackelprang. “Reducing that number could make a very big impact on society.”

At college campuses around the country, students like Mackelprang are at the forefront of the fight against food waste.