Reduce Food Waste and Hunger

Target: Dewey Phillip “Phil” Bryant, Governor of Mississippi

Goal: Halt and reverse the trend of food waste prevalent in the U.S. state of Mississippi.

According to a 2016 report from The Huffington Post, Mississippi wastes more food than any other U.S. state in terms of both groceries and restaurant meals wasted — 14 percent of all groceries and 11.6 percent of restaurant meals, respectively. Ironically, Mississippi also has one of the highest rates of hunger the United States, with almost one in four Mississippians having too little to eat. Thus, closing Mississippi’s “hunger gap,” in part, requires the state to reverse its trend of food waste.

Potential solutions include a greater focus, on the part of the state’s government and people, to refrain from purchasing unnecessarily large amounts of food; to compost or donate unused food, instead of throwing it away; and to promote food recovery programs which re-purpose food from grocers and farms that would otherwise be disposed of at the source. So-called “ugly” food — food that is perfectly edible but is undesirable because of its appearance — should also be recovered by grocers rather than tossed away.

Sell-by labels can also be retooled to reflect food safety more honestly. ReFED (short for “Rethink Food Waste”), an organization dedicated to reducing food waste, notes that “Twenty states and the District of Columbia prohibit or restrict sale or donation of food products once the [sell-by] date has passed, even when such foods are still healthy and safe to consume. These state laws also vary widely.”

Food waste, aside from aggravating hunger, also contributes to environmental destruction through greenhouse gas emissions, with methane produced from rotting food seeping out of landfills across the region. Sign below to take action against food waste and hunger in Mississippi.


Dear Governor Byrant,

Please pressure your state government to install stronger anti-waste policies regarding food waste and recovery. Mississippi wastes more food than any state while also experiencing more hunger than any state; therefore, ending hunger relies on recovering perfectly safe and healthy food from being sent to landfills, where it rots and emits dangerous methane into the atmosphere.

Potential solutions include retooling sell-by dates, salvaging so-called “ugly” foods, encouraging composting and food donation, encouraging mindful shopping practices (so that consumers do not buy more food than they actually need or can consume before spoilage occurs), and promoting food recovery programs which collect unsold food at the source (from either grocers or farms).


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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Keep in mind that some of the most impoverished Americans reside in the Delta!!! Stop this wasteful practice NOW!

  2. Food like banana peels could be given to the zoos. My piggies love all that extra food. Stop wasting!

  3. Darlene Avery says:

    Please find these monsters guilty and sentence them to the maximum jail sentence allowed. Longer if possible. These subhumans are vile and depraved and caused unbelievable torture, pain and death for these defenceless, innocent dogs. In my opinion they should never, ever be free.

  4. Darlene Avery says:

    Sorry this has been posted to the wrong site.

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  6. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    do the same thing with france!


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