We're cutting Michigan's food waste in half by 2030.

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We’re fighting climate change by eliminating food waste

We’re Make Food Not Waste–a community of people who know that food is better eaten than wasted. It’s better for your budget, better for our community, and better for our planet.

Our mission is to keep food out of landfills and slow climate change by creating lasting solutions to food waste through education, food upcycling, and advocacy.

What our goal? We’re cutting Michigan’s food waste in half by 2030.

The 2030 Project

We are cutting Michigan’s food waste in half by 2030 by leading engagement, coordinating with national partners, assessing data, and supporting recommendation development.

Meals prepared by our upcycling kitchen. Let's feed people, not landfills.

Upcycling Kitchens

We collect excess produce from farms, grocery stores, and various food distributors, along with unexpected and spare ingredients generously provided by local restaurants.

Educating Businesses

By joining The Pledge™️ or The Primer on food waste, restaurants commit to reducing their carbon footprints, saving money, and giving back to the community.

Feed people, not landfills
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Feed people, not landfills
Feed people, not landfills

What is wasted food?

Wasted food is food that doesn’t get eaten, and instead ends up in landfills.

Some of this includes inedible parts of produce like cores and stems, but a large amount of it is perfectly edible.


With your support, we’re making a difference


of food diverted from landfills in 2023


of methane prevented in 2023


served in 2023


Help us eliminate food waste in Michigan

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Make a donation

As a nonprofit, we rely on your donations to help make Detroit and beyond a better place to live and eat.

Volunteer with us

Help prep food in our kitchens, prepare meals for distribution, or help sort items in our pantry.

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Donate food

Are you a food producer or distributor? We’ll work with you to put your extra food to use.