TRENTON, NJ - September is Hunger Action Month, which includes New Jersey Food Waste Prevention Day on September 17 and the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction on September 29.

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced the Department is partnering with statewide food banks and service agencies to help prevent food waste. The campaign was introduced on the NJDA Facebook page this week and at to inform residents and businesses about what can be done to help prevent food waste. Billboards, social media ads and radio spots will provide some suggestions for food waste reduction and direct people to the new website for more information.

“Learning how to be more efficient with food allows individuals and businesses to maximize their budgets while reducing food waste,” Secretary Fisher said. “This helps empower us to make more positive impacts economically and environmentally.”

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It has been calculated that 40 percent of all food is wasted at an average of $2,200 per household in the United States each year. With that in mind, the campaign’s goal is to make everyone more aware of what can be done to prevent food waste by providing resources at



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