USC Annenberg Center for Investigative Reporting California Watch

Who’s Wasting

A look at the massive amounts of food going to waste on farms, in restaurants, and grocery stores, and at networks of citizens attempting to rescue edible food and get it to hungry families.

Food To Waste
by Tina Mather – Kim Daniels and Shannon Pence contributed to this report
It’s a sad paradox: while California’s abundant fields of fruit and vegetables fuel much of America, millions of tons of food rot in farm fields or grocery store and restaurant dumpsters, much of which is edible and could go a long way toward eliminating hunger in California.

A Three D Challenge  – ‘Donate, Don’t Discard’
by Shannon Pence
Some of the biggest restaurant chains in California and the nation are stepping up their food recovery efforts. But hunger relief agencies and food recovery groups want to see more of the 90,000 eateries stop discarding and start donating.

‘The Gleaners’
by Kim Daniels
One solution to the immense waste problem: Gleaning, whereby local community organizations rescue crops that would otherwise be buried under the plow blade.

Rescuing California’s Wasted Produce
by Kim Daniels
Every year millions of tons of edible produce never make it to market. Much of it is plowed under in the fields. One solution to the immense waste problem: Gleaning, whereby local community organizations rescue crops that would otherwise be buried under the plow blade.

Sizing Up Supermarket Waste
by Tina Mather
Who’s wasting? Here’s how the five largest food retailers stack up.