As published in Salt Lake City Weekly, February 21, 2024

“Each year, roughly 1.3 billion metric tons of food goes to waste worldwide, according to United Nations data, or roughly one-third of everything produced for human consumption. And it’s estimated that as much as 40% of the food purchased by a typical American ends up in the trash.

At the same time, hundreds of millions of people around the globe experience hunger and food insecurity, including roughly 363,000 Utahns who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

The disconnect between hunger and food waste is of such magnitude that it can leave people feeling powerless, Dana Williamson said. But the gap can be bridged, and organizations like Waste Less Solutions, which Williamson founded in 2018, are working to do just that.

“I want to be part of the solution—to leave this planet in a better state than the one it’s in,” Williamson said. “That’s what I want to spend my time on.” “

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