Whilst food banks improve food security for the most vulnerable, they also play a part in preventing greenhouse gas emissions by redistributing food to families in need.
In a study by The Global FoodBanking Network, food banks in almost 50 countries have recovered 514,537 metric tons of surplus food to date, helping to feed around 39 million people. This has prevented the food going to landfill as waste, where its decomposition would have emitted an estimated 1.7 million tons of CO2e.
The report findings also reveal …
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