To develop a working strategy and action platform that makes Illinois a leader in reducing wasted food by connecting and building on current wasted food initiatives, education, and policy in unified ways that holistically promote source reduction; food recovery for hunger relief and other uses; and recovery of food scraps for composting and creating healthy soil.


Collaboration: We build strong connections and engagement among rural and urban stakeholders in the Illinois food system, including support for the Illinois agriculture community.

Education: We strive to develop replicable and scalable models that educate statewide stakeholders on best practices for reducing food waste.

Good Stewardship and Sustainability: We value the links between reducing food waste and increasing healthy agricultural practices that are good for the soil, farmers, and food.

Equity: We value a community that is not only inclusive and respectful, but also strives to create economic opportunities for under-served populations and communities.


Working Groups:
  • School wasted food toolkit
  • School wasted food pilot at CPS
  • Asset mapping
  • Technology
  • Policy and fundraising

Funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Food:Land:Opportunity is a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

Contact us to learn more or get involved with the Illinois Wasted Food Solutions Task Force.