Food Recovery

According to EPA, each year the United States wastes nearly 31% of its overall food supply, with food waste making up approximately 15.2 percent of what goes into our landfills. Dating back to 2012, the Pollution Prevention Institute, or PPI, has worked with various industrial, institutional and community programs assisting entities with food waste prevention or diversion to hungry populations.  Check out the food recovery resources, including tools and case studies below. PPI also assists clients with other waste management and waste minimization questions. Contact PPI for help or call PPI at 800-78-8898.

Resources for reducing food waste

PPI has developed several resources as a result of projects involving work with schools, colleges and industry.
Check out our downloadable resources, including case studies, tools and guidance, along with helpful national resources.

Resources for train-the-trainer workshops

These USDA-sponsored 2018 workshops were hosted in various Kansas communities for food policy members, extension, and other community and health practitioners. An EPA toolkit called “Food too good to waste,” was the basis for these events. Please feel free to use any of these helpful resources.

Food: Too Good To Waste

Strategic Communication​

Food recovery challenge

The food recovery challenge or FRC is a voluntary program hosted by EPA. It helps businesses, agencies and other organizations set food recovery goals and gain publicity and recognition for their work. So check the FRC and join PPI by becoming a FRC partner today!

Map of Food Diversion Facilities

This page was updated in late 2018 and may be helpful identifying facilities in various counties where excess and wholesome food can be donated. PPI recommends contacting the facility with details about the donation before delivering it.

Are you aware of facilities in your area of Kansas such as food pantries, animal feed operations, biodigesters, or composting facilities that accept food-related materials? Email or call 800-578-8898 to add such locations to the state map.



* Abbreviations:

Abbreviation       County
AN Anderson
CK Cherokee
CQ Chautauqua
DK Dickinson
DP Doniphan
JF Jefferson
LV Leavenworth
MG Montgomery
PT Pottawatomie
SN Shawnee
WB Wabaunsee
WY Wyandotte