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Caritas and Food Waste

Caritas and Food Waste

Enormous quantities of food are thrown away every day. Over the course of a year, about one third of global food production is lost or wasted.

The problem is the worst in rich countries. In Europe and North America, the average person wastes between 95 and 115 kilograms of food every year. In sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, this falls to 6 to 11 kilograms. But that’s still too much in this age of scarcity and high prices.

Caritas raises awareness about the growing seriousness of food waste as prices rise and food insecurity increases. Some national Caritas organisations redistribute good quality, untouched food through their soup kitchens. It would otherwise be thrown out.

Caritas also campaigns for sensible food production and usage policies and for action to be taken to protect and share global food production.

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and hungry.” Pope Francis

Caritas updates on Food Waste

  • World Food Day: We can end hunger by 2025

World Food Day: We can end hunger by 2025

  • 16 October 2014
On World Food Day, the humanitarian and development organisation of the Catholic Church, Caritas Internationalis says the world has the resources to end hunger by 2025.
  • Pope supports Caritas week of action to end hunger

Pope supports Caritas week of action to end hunger

  • 6 October 2014
Pope Francis has called for Catholics worldwide to join Caritas’ “Food for All” campaign, especially during the Week of Action. Listen to his brief message and learn more about what you can do.
  • How the EU can champion the fight against hunger

How the EU can champion the fight against hunger

  • 15 April 2014
Caritas Europa says the European Union should support the eradication of worldwide hunger as a priority for the post-2015 agenda, and push for a clear definition of a “Zero Hunger” goal.