Food waste has become an epidemic in our communities. In the U.S. alone, about 40 percent of all edible food goes to waste equating to a $165 billion a year loss according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This fact is inexcusable considering that 50 million Americans are currently classified as food insecure. Community Cooperative’s Food Rescue Program partners with smaller food producers, restaurants, and caterers who have perishable and prepared food that would otherwise end up in a landfill and use this food to feed the hungry. Food Rescue saves money, increases access to fresh food for low income families, cuts down on waste and lessens the footprint Lee County leaves on our environment.