Giant Supermarket, Keep PA Beautiful Grant Focuses On Food Waste Prevention

Nonprofit groups interested in applying for the Healing the Planet grant have until April 13 at 4 p.m. to complete the application on Keep PA Beautiful’s website.

(The Philadelphia Inquirer) Whether one is eating out or cooking in, Philadelphia’s reputation as a foodie town is growing. But so too is its problem with food waste, which makes up about 25% of the city’s waste stream.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that $218 billion worth of food is trashed annually by grocery stores, restaurants, food service companies, or individuals at home, although much of it is still edible. This makes food the largest category of material in landfills. There, food waste emits methane, which is a greenhouse gas.

To raise awareness, The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced their 2023 Healing the Planet grant will focus on decreasing food waste. According to Heidi Pedicone, director of programs of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, this is the third year for offering the grants. Pedicone said out of 300 applications, 82 projects have been selected and funded over the last two years for a total of $800,000.

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Learn more about the 2023 Healing The Planet grant