Working Groups

Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Working Group

The Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Working Group seeks to advance policy goals that support a comprehensive vision for food recovery work, one that bridges and unites food assistance & food recycling advocates to address hunger, food access, good jobs, sustainability & thriving urban farms.

Working Group Mission Statement: Eliminate the one million tons of food waste that is send to LA’s landfills every year through policy strategies that address the recovery of food resources for consumption (source reduction and improving food security), livestock feed, energy and compost, while supporting high environmental, social and worker standards and our local urban farms and soils.

Chairs: Amardeep Gil of LAANE- LA Alliance for a New Economy and Amy Hammes of Burbank Recycling Center

For more information and to join this Working Group, please send an email to

Food Recovery Guide

The LA Food Policy Council and members of the Food Waste Rescue and Prevention Working Group produced a guide of local food recovery efforts called “Reducing Food Waste: Recovering untapped resources in our food system.” The guide aims to equip stakeholders in the public, private and non-profit sectors with resources to increase food recovery, divert food from landfills and better coordinate efforts. Highlighting organizations and practices happening in communities across Los Angeles County, the new guide aims to inspired new partnerships, demystify misconceptions related to the donation of food and inform policy efforts.

The guide was shared with waste haulers under Zero Waste LA at an information session co-hosted by LAFPC, City Councilmember Paul Koretz and the Don’t Waste LA Coalition. Check out photos from the event here.