Healthy Food Systems – Food Waste Reduction Initiative

The Alliance's Healthy Food Systems Work is currently focused on Food Waste Reduction. 40% of food in America is wasted – creating greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and wasting the water, energy and labor used to produce the food. Reducing food waste by one-third could serve all 6 million Californians who are food insecure.

When: The Healthy Food Systems Work Group meets quarterly – the next meeting is on Thursday, June 29. Contact Holly Calhoun at for more detail, or click here for more information about the group.

The Alliance’s Food Waste Prevention Initiative works to reduce food waste, improve nutrition, and mitigate negative environmental impacts of food waste through a three-pronged strategy in alignment with the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy.
  • Consumer Education Campaigns – in partnership with Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP), Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) Program, and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE)
  • Procurement policies
  • Healthy portion sizes
  • Use ”ugly” produce

Learn more about the Alliance’s Healthy Food System Work Group that is spearheading the Food Waste Prevention >

  • California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) partnership to train Environmental Health Officers
  • Donation regulation
  • Donation liability
  • Food recovery

Stay tuned for more information!

  • Compost permitting
  • Anaerobic digester permitting
  • Commercial greywater permitting

Learn more from CalRecycle >

Calls & Presentations
Archives of past communications.
Materials, letters, and fact sheets.

Previous Initiatives

2015 - Drought Climate and the Food We Eat

In 2015 the Alliance investigated issues related to nutrition and the California drought, and the connection between water security and food security. 

2014 - Chronic Disease and Environmental Health Webinar Series

Over the course of 2014 the Public Health Alliance sponsored a series of webinars discussing partnerships between Environmental Health and Chronic Disease Prevention.

2013 - Roadmap & Procurement Resources

In 2013 the Healthy Food Systems Work Group developed the Roadmap to Healthy Local Food Systems and explored procurement policies across the region as a toll for collective action to build demand for healthy locally sourced food while increasing the availability of nutritious food served in government agencies and institutions.

Healthy Food Systems Contacts

Gayle Hoxter, MPH, RD
2015 Healthy Food Systems Co-Chair
Program Chief
Nutrition & Health Promotion Branch
County of Riverside Department of Public Health
Naomi Billups
2015 Healthy Food Systems Co-Chair
Public Health Nutrition Manager
County of San Diego
Savannah North

Interim Healthy Food Systems Manager
Public Health Alliance