FAU Joins Partnership in Launching FL Food Waste Prevention Week


By brittany sylvestri | 2/26/2021

Florida Atlantic University has joined leaders from the Food Conservation Alliance, EPA Region IV, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection to team up with Recycle Florida Today and the Sustainable Events Network for Florida & the Caribbean to announce the first ever “Florida Food Waste Prevention Week” from Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9. 

This public-private partnership represents a commitment to the mission of raising public awareness and inspiring a call to action to prevent food waste, protect the environment, save money and reduce hunger.

“FAU is committed to raising awareness in our community about how everyone can do their part to reduce food waste,” said Dan Meeroff, Ph.D., associate chair and professor in FAU’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering. “Recognizing the potential each of us has to personally affect how much food goes unused, I support Food Waste Prevention Week and will take actions to reduce food waste in my home, workplace and community.”

All Floridians benefit from better utilizing food resources. Food waste reduction begins at home since up to 40 percent of all food waste occurs in the household. Beyond consumer level behavior changes, Food Waste Prevention Week prompts Floridians to also consider how food is wasted at their workplaces, communities and recreational destinations. Food Waste Prevention Week challenges both organizations and residents throughout the state to become Food Waste Reduction Heroes.

For more information on the Florida Food Waste Prevention Week, visit  www.SaveTheFoodFL.com