Members of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) are helping to avoid millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions by redistributing food to help families cope with the cost-of-living crisis.
Member food banks in nearly 50 countries recovered 514,537 metric tons of surplus food and distributed that food to 39 million people, according to our recent study, Food Banks for People and the Planet. Had the same volume of food gone to landfill, its decomposition would have emitted an estimated 1.7 million tons of CO2 equivalent, a significant proportion of which would have been methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
The emissions saved represent an increase from 2019, when members of the Network prevented 1.487 billion kilograms of CO2e through food redirection. Read the full report to explore the data and recommended actions for businesses and governments to further mitigate emissions from food loss and waste.