Tacoma's Food Saver Challenge: June 1-21, 2019. Sign up now!


The City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy & Sustainability invites local Tacoma restaurants to participate in “For the Love of Food: Tacoma’s Food Saver Challenge,” coming this June 1-21, 2019.

This 3-week celebration of our local restaurants aims to raise awareness of food waste in Tacoma while promoting sustainable food saving strategies.

Tacoma sends about 28,000 tons of food to the landfill every year. Food is the number one thing we throw away, in our homes and our businesses. We have a lot to learn about preventing wasted food. And who better to learn from than the culinary champions who fight waste like it’s their job?

Tacoma’s Food Saver Challenge is a chance for you to shine. Celebrating waste prevention may not be part of your usual marketing efforts, but we think it’s worth talking about. We want to highlight the great work that you’re doing, and we’re here to support you if there’s anything new you’d like to try.

Are you a Tacoman looking for ways to prevent wasted food at home? Visit cityoftacoma.org/PreventingWastedFood for more information.

Bigger Picture

40% of all food in America is wasted. Across the nation, food is the number one thing we throw away. There is more food in our trash than paper, plastic, glass, or any other material. And wasting food has many hidden costs.

  • 95% of wasted food ends up in landfills or incinerators.
  • In the U.S., wasted food produces 25% of methane emissions.
  • 25% of all freshwater in the U.S. is used to produce food that is wasted.

While waste is a problem across the nation, we have the power to make a difference within our own city. Restaurants are a place to gather. They’re also a place where people are exposed to new flavors and new ways of cooking. So why can’t they be a place for people to learn more about food waste and how to tackle it?

Food waste is the part of food that was never edible, like bones and shells. Food waste is unavoidable.

Wasted food is food that was once edible but was not eaten. Wasted food is avoidable.

This Challenge focuses on strategies for preventing wasted food and reducing its impacts.


Participating restaurants will receive:

  • Recognition from the City of Tacoma in web, print, and social media materials
  • Increased marketing exposure to Tacoma’s food-loving audiences
  • Satisfaction knowing your restaurant is playing an important role in protecting our environment by diverting wasted food from the landfill

Ready to start your journey?

We’d love to have you join us! Register now to participate in the Food Saver Challenge.