Sutter Health: Food recovery for healthier communities

Food waste solutions | Case study


“Not only does this project impact greenhouse gasses from keeping food waste out of the landfill, it is also about dollars saved, which is important to hospital administrators, and then there is the food rescue piece which is what is really important to our community.”
–  Jack Breezee, Sutter Health regional director of food and nutrition services


  1. Sutter Health knew they were wasting food but didn’t know how much. They wanted to find a way to reduce food waste – and knew they could help their community at the same time.
  2. Sutter Health partnered with our sustainability experts to develop a pilot program that would meet their goals and lead to the development of our guidance for reducing food waste.
  3. During the pilot, the participating facilities donated almost 65,000 pounds of food to more than 40 area nonprofits using Copia tracking and donation services. This saved an estimated 283,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions

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