The White House unveiled a national strategy recently to combat food waste and keep edible food out of landfills.

White House officials want to change the behavior of individuals and businesses to reduce waste by expanding food donations and other initiatives, an article by The New York Times stated.

According to ReFED, in 2021, the United States produced 91 million tones of unsold, uneaten food, the article stated. Nearly half of it was edible, but only 2 percent was donated.

Although the White House’s strategy contains no new regulations, Dana Gunders, ReFED’s Executive Director, called the strategy “a good first step.”

Officials in 2015 set a goal of cutting U.S. food waste in half by 2030. However, food waste actually increased between then and 2019, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills, accounting for 16% of U.S. methane emissions.

Since our founding 25 years ago, Table to Table, New Jersey’s first food rescue organization, has rescued enough food for more than 311 million meals and saved 73,000 tons of CO2 from entering the environment.

We pick up fresh, high quality, and wholesome food that otherwise would be discarded. We deliver it safely to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and senior facilities. You help us by utilizing the Table to Table I-Rescue app, powered by Food Rescue Hero.

The New Jersey Food Democracy Collaborative has compiled a list of farmers markets across New Jersey that are authorized to accept state SNAP and EBT benefits. Currently, less than 1/10th of 1% of SNAP benefits are redeemed at Farmers Markets, the FDC stated.

Table to Table regularly delivers rescued and donated food to area markets in Newark that serve their communities, but do not accept SNAP/EBT benefits.

  • Bessie Green Community Fresh Produce Market
  • ICC Cortland Street-Fresh Produce Market
  • Senior Market (Grace West, Villa Victoria)

The Farmers Markets accepting SNAP/EBT benefits located in Table to Table’s service area of Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, and Essex counties are:

Bergen County:

Essex County:

  • Ironbound Community Farmers Market/Down Bottom Farms, 371 Ferry St., Newark; Tuesdays, 2 – 7 pm
  • Montclair Community Farms, 1088 Orange Road, Montclair; Mondays, June 17 – Oct. 28, 10 am – noon and 12:30 – 2 pm
  • The Beth Greenhouse Farmers Market, 201 Lyons Ave., Newark; Thursdays, June – November, 11 am – 3 pm
  • Steam Urban Artisan Farmers Market, 179 Broadway, Newark
  • South Orange Downtown Farmers Market, 12 Sloan St., South Orange; Wednesdays until Oct. 30, 2 – 7 pm

Hudson County:

  • Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Grove Street South Path Plaza, Jersey City; Mondays and Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm
  • Riverview Farmers Market, 1 Bowers St., Jersey City; Sundays 10 am – 2 pm until Nov. 24

Passaic County:

  • City Green Farm Eco-Center, 171 Grove St., Clifton; Fridays 10 am – 2 pm and Wednesdays 3 – 6 pm until Nov. 15
  • Little Falls Farmers Market, Municipal Building, 225 Main St., Little Falls; Sundays 9 am – 2 pm until Oct. 27

As New Jersey’s first and largest food rescue, our mission is to reduce food waste and provide nourishment to our food-insecure neighbors throughout North Jersey. We rescue millions of pounds of fresh food annually that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to partner organizations who support the nearly 1 million people in our area who need it most.

Together, we can reduce food waste in our homes and make a positive impact on the planet. Every little bit of effort — no matter how small — leads to change.