Food Rescue Capacity Study

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County contracted with Food Shift to conduct a Food Rescue Capacity Study to better understand what happens to the perishable food that goes unsold or uneaten from restaurants, grocery stores, catered events and other food service establishments. Is this food donated (rescued), composted, or landfilled? What are the barriers or challenges to donating food? If food is donated, where does it go and is all of it consumed? This report gives a snapshot of what is currently happening in Santa Clara County. Our thanks to the team at Food Shift for all their hard work.

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