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World Food Day

October 15, 2019



World Food Day on October 16, is a UN holiday that exists to shine a light on food insecurity and hunger, promoting the idea that access to nutritious food is a human right.

Food insecurity is defined as, “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.”* In America, 28 million people face food insecurity each year. This crisis is especially troubling with the knowledge that ⅓ of the food produced in the US goes to waste each year.


At Sifted, minimizing our food waste and donating our leftover lunches has always been a part of who we are. We started out carting leftovers down an alley to a Nashville soup kitchen. Now, five years later, we're fostering a national movement, serving thousands of nutritious meals each month to hungry people.

Giving back is central to who we are. We believe that when our communities are well fed, we're all made better.

World Food Day isn’t just about eliminating hunger, which is important, but it's also about the idea that people deserve access to nutritious food that is going to allow them to live a healthy life.


In many of our cities, food insecurity is on the rise and many people within the community live in food deserts - areas that have limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Our food donation partners are working to eliminate this food gap by bringing healthy, nutritious meals to the people who need it most. We are incredibly privileged to be able to partner with so many amazing non-profits and with Copia who takes our leftover Sifted lunches and puts them into the hands of the hungry in our communities.


Because we believe that nutritious meals shouldn’t only be available to the privileged, we choose to support our community with nutritious meals through leftover donations on #WorldFoodDay and every day throughout the year.