Preventing food waste can divert food from landfills to feed people, combat climate change, preserve natural resources, and save money. In February 2017, the Nutrition Policy Institute and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California initiated a multisector collaboration among California state agencies to raise awareness about food waste. After development and distribution of a Communications Guide, Food Waste Prevention Week was launched successfully in March 2018, with official support from California's Governor, Secretary of Agriculture, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and other leaders. The multiagency shared messaging campaign was estimated to reach millions, based on unique page views via social and traditional media. In a follow-up survey, partners expressed satisfaction with Food Waste Prevention Week and interest in participating in future efforts. Organizing leaders across multiple sectors to raise awareness about food waste is possible; such efforts can contribute to driving behavioral and structural changes to reduce food waste.
Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Berkeley, California (Dr Gosliner and Ms Lee); Public Health Alliance of Southern California, San Diego (PHA) (Dr Delaney and Ms Caldwell); County of San Diego Public Health Services, San Diego, California (Ms Billups); and Dairy Council of California, Sacramento, California (Ms Floor).
Correspondence: Wendi Gosliner, DrPH, RD, Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2115 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All funding was provided as in-kind support from participating agencies. The authors thank the many statewide planning partners whose commitment and collaboration made launching California's inaugural Food Waste Prevention Week possible: Governor's Office of Planning and Research, State of California; CalRecycle; California Department of Education; California Department of Food & Agriculture; California Department of Public Health; California Association of Food Banks; Dairy Council of California; Natural Resources Defense Council; Public Health Institute; UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program; UC Agriculture and Natural Resources—Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
The authors have no conflict of interest to report.
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