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Dear Friend of Further with Food, As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the past year. In our final newsletter of the year, we highlight Further with Food's (FwF) proudest achievements and applaud the successes of our partners.

Further with Food 2018 Highlights
  • Over 400 resources now available on the FwF website
  • Over 1,600 followers on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) and subscribed to our newsletter
  • Focus on strengthening community engagement and growing our social media and subscriber networks elevated FwF’s visibility and resulted in invitations to participate in high-profile events, such as:
    • Presenting at WasteExpo, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 2018)
    • Moderating a food waste panel for congressional staffers at the invitation of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) (April 2018)
    • Participation in a roundtable discussion with food loss and waste experts convened by USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue (May 2018)
    • Coordinating multi-stakeholder meeting with Food Innovation Australia and FwF partners (May 2018)
    • Presenting on Further with Food at the U.S. Food Waste Summit hosted by FLPC and ReFED (June 2018)
  • In June 2018 FwF welcomed ReFED and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) to the partnership. ReFED and FLPC has contributed substantially to food loss and waste research, policy change, and innovation. The expansion of the FwF partnership demonstrates its value as a leading facilitator of collaboration around solution building.
  • In October 2018, the USDA, the EPA, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a joint agency agreement launching the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, which aims to improve coordination across federal agencies to better educate Americans on the importance of food loss and waste reduction. FwF serves as an important initiative for meets the agencies' efforts to increase public awareness about the impacts of food loss and waste.
We asked our partners to share their greatest food loss and waste accomplishments of 2018, here's what some of them had to say:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics showcased its partnership with Further with Food during National Nutrition Month in March 2018.  The topic “Go Further with Food” engaged 55 million social media users and resulted in nearly 200 million impressions.  In addition, the Academy’s Foundation continued its “Future with Food Initiative” in 2018, collaborating with Feeding America and the National Dairy Council to reduce food insecurity and ensure access to healthy foods for all Americans which includes addressing food loss and food waste.  The partnership built upon its previous successful conferences, publications, and toolkits with the convening of a multi-sector roundtable discussion with food and nutrition experts in November 2018, “Sustainable Food Systems: Creating a Nutrition-Focused Framework for Action.”  Finally, several sessions at the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo recently showcased efforts to reduce food loss and food waste.

Environmental Protection Agency
In 2018, EPA released the Excess Food Opportunities Map, a first of its kind national map that provides information on places that may have excess food, and those who may be able to use it. EPA also released the Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the United States in 2015: Survey Results report,  which includes information about the processing capacity of anaerobic digestion facilities as well as the total food and non-food waste processed in 2015. Additionally, EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge participants reported preventing and diverting more than 648,000 tons of food waste from entering landfills or incinerators.

EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration, jointly participated in an event on October 18th to celebrate the commitments of the 2030 Champions to reduce food loss and waste by 50% in their operations by the year 2030, and to sponsor a panel to highlight innovative ways and best practices to educate American consumers on the impacts of food loss and waste.

Feeding America In 2018, Feeding America rescued more than 3.5 billion pounds of food, making more meals available to the 40 million Americans facing hunger. Through strategic partnerships, groundbreaking programs and a commitment to safe, wholesome food for the families served, Feeding America’s network of food banks fight hunger while reducing food waste.

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic In 2018, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and fellow Further with Food partner ReFED co-hosted the U.S. Food Waste Summit, which convened 350 leading food businesses, policymakers, innovators, investors, foundations, and nonprofits to advance cross-sector food waste solutions. FLPC also published several resources and reports, including Food Safety Regulations and Guidance for Food Donations: a 50-State Survey of State Practices, which presents the result of the first-ever fifty-state survey of state agency officials about state food safety regulations and guidance that impact food donations.
National Consumers League 1) We are proud of packing up all of our leftovers at NCL’s health advisory council event and taking them back to the NCL office for everyone to enjoy. 2)At NCL's annual dinner we minimized food waste by working with the hotel to closely estimate the actual number of guests attending. 3) Finally, we compost at the office and many of our staff compost at home.
 
Natural Resources Defense Council The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has expanded the Food Matters project to two model cities and a host of additional cities to tackle food loss and waste at the municipal level. In 2018, Baltimore and Denver announced their partnership with the project to implement policies and programs that will reduce the amount of food going to waste locally. More than a dozen additional cities have utilized Food Matters tools to address topics like public education and metrics.

National Restaurant Association In February, we were proud to release two Restaurant and Foodservice Food Waste Action Guides. These guides were developed by ReFED (also a partner of FwF) in partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, of which the National Restaurant Association is a founding member. The guides present proven prevention, recovery, and recycling solutions to help restaurant businesses prioritize and accelerate waste reduction activities. You can find a press release highlighting the findings here.
 
The National Restaurant Association also released the 2018 edition of The State of Restaurant Sustainability to highlight the sustainability efforts restaurant operators are undertaking in their operations. The report provides the latest trends in environmental practices in the restaurant industry including food waste reduction, along with consumer insights.
 
Further with Food's growth in the last year is a testament to the momentum the food loss and waste movement has gained in 2018. Thank you to all who have committed to fighting food loss and waste so to nourish healthier communities and greener earth. We look forward to seeing all that you do in the coming year.

Happy holidays and see you in 2019!
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