TDEC Announces Third Annual Food Waste Prevention Week

TDEC sets April 1-7 for Food Waste Prevention Week with various activities.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) alongside partner agencies is gearing up to host the third annual Food Waste Prevention Week from April 1st to April 7th. This initiative has gained official recognition through a proclamation issued by Gov. Bill Lee and aims to spotlight the issue of food waste with a series of events.

TDEC is collaborating with numerous organizations such as the University of Tennessee Extension, Clean Memphis, New Terra Compost, Zero Waste Nashville, Urban Green Lab, Tennessee State University, the Network for Sustainable Solutions, the Society of St. Andrew, and more. The week-long event will offer a blend of virtual and in-person educational opportunities and outreach efforts.

A key component of the week is a statewide food drive, running through April 14, which seeks to bolster food security. The University of Tennessee Extension is partnering in this effort, and interested parties are encouraged to make donations online.

The week’s activities will kick off with an event at Tennessee State University in Nashville, which will include a panel discussion featuring local experts (also available as a webinar), followed by a chef demonstration. The series of events will conclude with gatherings at local breweries in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga on April 6, where brewers will partner with local bakeries to transform unsold bread into a special brew. This innovative approach aims to raise awareness about food waste.

TDEC Commissioner David Salyers expressed pride in the collaborative efforts to address food waste and the desire for Tennessee to lead in this cause. The events, both virtual and in-person, are designed to be informative, free, family-friendly, and open to the public. They will cover strategies for reducing food waste and increasing food recovery among other topics.

For more information on the week’s events or to learn about the Get Food Smart TN program, which offers year-round education, outreach, and technical assistance on food waste, visit and

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Celebrating Two Decades of Business Diversity in Tennessee

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