Food Recovery Resources

Strategies to reduce food waste at schools

Strategies to reduce food waste at schools (2018) [PDF]

View a list of strategies to assist schools in reducing food waste. This document is applicable to all schools, though some links are specific to Kansas.

Strategies to reduce food waste at colleges and universities

Strategies to reduce food waste at colleges and universities (2018) [PDF]

View a list of strategies to assist colleges and universities in reducing food waste.

USD 497 Case Study

Case study - food recovery at a Kansas public school (2018)[PDF]

Presents results of food waste assessments at Lawrence, KS schools. Outlines strategies to reduce pre-consumer food waste and divert excess food to hungry populations. 

KU Case Study

Case study - food recovery at KU Dining Services (2018)[PDF]

Presents results of food waste assessments at Kansas University dining areas. Goal to reduce pre-consumer food waste and divert excess food to hungry populations. Calculated reduction in environmental impact by diverting food waste from the landfill.

Train the Trainer Presentation

Train-the-trainer workshop presentation[PDF] and handouts (2018)

Food Product Dating [pdf]

Good Samaritan Act [pdf]

NERC tips for VT residents (incl crisper drawer settings) [pdf]

EPA Toolkit

EPA Food: Too Good to Waste Toolkit (2016)

Get Smart: take the challenge [pdf]
Smart Shopping: buy what you need [pdf]
Smart Storage: keep fruits and vegetables fresh [pdf]
Smart Prep: prep now, eat later [pdf]
Smart Saving: eat what you buy [pdf]
Poster-consider the tomato [pdf]
EPA Food: Too Good to Waste outreach presentation [ppt]

Meal Connect

MealConnect (2018)

Using an phone app, donate surplus meals to your community through MealConnect, a platform by Feeding America. Save money, reduce waste, and help fight food insecurity.

Donation Liability Food Donation Liability in Kansas (2016) [PDF]

The Public Law Health Center prepared this guide for food donators and distributors.
Food recovery checkllist Overview and checklist for food recovery [PDF]

Learn more about the food recovery hierarchy and how to conduct your own food waste audit (surpus food checklist)
Green meeting chhecklist
Green meeting checklist for conferences and trade shows [PDF]

Is your facility planning to host or hold a green meeting? This document is a checklist for what to consider, which includes food-related decision making. 
Food Study Table PPI's food recovery assessment study tables (2018)  [Microsoft Excel]

This Excel spreadsheet is a comprehensive tool to evaluate the financial and environmental cost of a facility's food waste. 
Food waste log book
PPI's food waste logbook [Microsoft Excel]

If your facility would like to track food waste generation for a one, three, or seven-day period, this Excel spreadsheet will automatically calculate amount and cost of the food waste.
WARM tool

EPA: WARM tool, v.14 (2016)

The link goes to EPA's webpage with the most current version of the EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM), which helps compare baseline and alternative waste management scenarios and calculates greenhouse gas emissions and energy savings. Click on the link, "Excel-Based Tool."

EPA Waste Logbook

EPA: Waste logbook

A simple, single-page waste tracking log to be printed and filled out by hand during data collection. Instructions are included on the second page.

Further with Food

Further with FOOD

Website with comprehensive info about food loss and waste including innovative new approaches to reduce generation of excess food, feed hungry people, and divert food and scraps to the highest beneficial use.

Roadmap to reducing food waste ReFED: Roadmap Executive Summary (2016) [PDF]

Summarizes the ReFED publication, "Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste by 20%." Focuses on stakeholder actions and the financial impact of different solutions for prevention, recovery, and recycling of food waste.
Student Food Waste Audits

Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits, A Resource for Schools (2017) [PDF]

A step-by-step guide to conducting food waste audits in schools, from planning the audit to collecting the data and ideas for preventing food waste.

EPA food waste assessment NRDC Report: The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America (2013) [PDF]

Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic promote date labeling policies and practices that will decrease confusion, reduce food waste and improve food safety.
KSRE Food Safety

K-State Research and Extension Food Safety-Food Waste

Additional resources on reducing food waste and donating excess food.

NRDC The Dating Game NRDC Report: The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America (2013) [PDF]

Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic promote date labeling policies and practices that will decrease confusion, reduce food waste and improve food safety.
NRDC Food Issues

NRDC Food Issues

This Natural Resources Defense Council's website provides resources and information on food waste as well as other food system issues.

FWRA Best Practices

FWRA: Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Guide (2015) [PDF]

Covers a variety of topics including assessments, operating procedures for different industries, donations, and other waste diversion opportunities such as energy recovery and composting.

Fighting food waste

savethefood.com

Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ad Council have teamed up to campaign against food waste. Go to this website to get tips for fighting food waste, meal planning, understanding packaging dates and best storage practices to maximize food shelf life.

Keeping food out of the landfill Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities (2016) [PDF]

A toolkit for state and local governments interested in developing policies to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste.
Gleaning toolkit

Gleaning toolkit from USDA [PDF]

Gleaning is the act of collecting excess fresh foods from places like gardens and farms, farmers markets, grocery stores, and any other sources in order to give the food to those who need it.  Find out more about the process in this document.

Reducing food waste guide Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants (2015) [PDF]

This EPA toolkit is designed to help food service establishments and commercial kitchens save money by reducing wasted food and packaging with suggested strategies, templates and case studies.
EPA Food Recovery Challenge Food Recovery Challenge

Any business or organization can participate in EPA's Food Recovery Challenge through prevention, donation and recycling.  Learn more about the program and available resources at this website.
Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Verified 

This program increases awareness and participation in food recovery by verifying, recognizing, and awarding any food business which donates food at least once per month. Businesses can apply online by following the provided link.