Walmart.org uses philanthropy to support initiatives aimed at reducing food waste and loss across the supply chain, from farm to fork (or source to spoon). We focus on minimizing food waste with funding for programs in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. in two areas:
To increase prevention of food waste and loss, we fund programs that advance food waste measurement tools to identify where to best put efforts across supply chains. We also fund programs that support research and test innovative solutions to drive behavior change.
We invest in technology and transportation capacity to facilitate more efficient food recovery. We also fund innovative approaches to distribute fresh food more quickly to people in need, such as in re-processing food and helping to better connect food available for donation with organizations who are able to distribute it.
A 2019 Foundation grant supported ReFED’s Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator, which immersed 10 nonprofit recovery organizations in a 3-month program including a combination of virtual curriculum and in-person ReFED Learning Labs. The curriculum included the development of a 20-part Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series - gathering best practices and lessons learned by industry leading food businesses, capital providers, government agencies, and subject matter experts. This Accelerator focused on leveraging earned revenue models, technology solutions and human-centered design to catalyze ideas and inspire actions that have the potential to lead to a doubling of healthy food available to the 40 million Americans facing food insecurity.
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