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CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: Reducing the Environmental and Social Costs of Food Loss and Waste

Event Type
Marty Heller
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Alliance to End Hunger
United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment)
Congressional Food Recovery Caucus
September 12, 20199:00am - 10:30am
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Room 2044, Washington, DC 20515

The Alliance to End Hunger in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment), in conjunction with the Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, invite you to a Congressional briefing on reducing the environmental and social costs of food loss and waste in North America and around the world.

An estimated one third of all food produced globally is either lost or wasted, according to FAO. In an age where more than 820 million people go hungry, this is unacceptable. Food loss and waste represent a misuse of the labor, water, energy, land and other natural resources that went into producing it. Food embodies much more than what is on our plates. It is, therefore, important that we recognize, appreciate and respect the value of food.

This event will highlight a range of approaches to reduce food loss and waste, and strategies that are being adopted by governments, the private sector and non-profit organizations to minimize the impact of food waste.

Special Guest

  • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Representative for Maine (D-ME-1), Co-Chair of Congressional Food Recovery Caucus Invited

Opening Remarks

  • Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Vimlendra Sharan, Director, Liaison Office for North America, FAO
  • Barbara Hendrie, Director, Regional Office for North America, UN Environment


  • Martin Heller, Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan; Author of UN Environment’s Waste Not, Want Not: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in North America Through Life Cycle-Based Approaches Report
  • Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development, USDA
  • Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
  • Carrie Calvert, Managing Director of Agriculture & Nutrition Government Relations, Feeding America


  • Katy Franklin, Operations Director, ReFED

A light breakfast will be available from 8:30 am onwards and the event will commence at 9:00 am.


The full report, "Waste Not, Want Not" may be downloaded from the UN Environment Program website.