Americans go hungry in a land of massive food waste

October 29, 2013

While Americans toss tons of good food into the trash, there are hungry households that don’t get enough.

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To prepare, we're looking at some previously released facts on food security. Today, take a look back at this fact on food waste:

Americans wasted 33.79 million tons of food in 2010, enough to fill 91 Empire State Buildings, and a 16 percent increase from a decade ago. The average American wastes 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year. Meanwhile, more than 17 million American households were considered "food insecure" in 2010, meaning it was difficult to provide enough food for everyone in the family. 46 million Americans, about one in seven people, relied on food stamps.