We’ve done the research.
Above are 7 nonprofits fighting Food Waste and/or Hunger. (Scroll down to read about them in Ingredient Descriptions.)
We’ve only included charities which have scored promisingly on Charity Navigator – the preeminent charity assessment organization that reports on financial stability, accountability/transparency practices, and results of nonprofits.
The Global FoodBanking Network is an international food bank non-profit spanning over 40 countries, working towards a hunger-free future by establishing a strong network of food banks to provide for needy communities. By cooperating with existing local banks and providing the tools to build new ones, their influence has spread across the globe. Additionally, one of their chief goals is reducing food loss; rather than letting surplus goods go to waste, they repurpose them and redistribute them to those facing hunger using their food banks.
Charity Navigator: 99/100
The World Resources Institute is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for future generations. In particular, their branch of food research tackles the issue of sustainable food production and how to increase productivity while reducing waste and harmful emissions. This organization is focused on long term improvements and extensive research, rather than direct humanitarian aid.
Charity Navigator: 98/100
Feeding America is the largest US-based hunger-relief organization. Using a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, it helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in the US; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
Charity Navigator: 97/100
Action Against Hunger is a global world hunger specialist organization dedicated to eliminating hunger across over 45 countries. They seek to provide food, water, and proper healthcare to impoverished countries, while also prioritizing long term changes (infrastructure, education, livelihood programs, farming, etc.). Overall, they work to improve the quality of life in impoverished countries, serving more than 25 million people across almost 50 countries just last year.
Charity Navigator: 95/100
The Food Finders Food Bank is an organization that collaborates with other organizations to provide food for people in need and to educate, advocate, and address food insecurity in North Central Indiana. Additionally, they strongly emphasize their commitment to promoting diversity and racial justice, stating that food insecurity is inherently tied to the latter issue.
Charity Navigator: 92/100
Not to be confused with the North Central Indiana based organization, Food Finders is a food rescue non profit focused on eliminating both hunger and food waste. Founded with this in mind, it operates today by collecting excess meals and food from locations such as schools, hospitals, and restaurants, distributing them to nonprofit recipients or the needy. The organization grew from serving local Long Beach nonprofits to one that now serves much of Southern California, with more than 350 nonprofit partners, over 700 food donors and an average of 11 million pounds of food rescued annually to address hunger and reduce food waste.
Charity Navigator: 91/100
World Food Program USA is a US-based organization that supports the mission of World Food Programme (WFP), the leading agency fighting hunger. One of the largest humanitarian groups in the world, it provides assistance with services such as meals, emergency aid, and educational/self-reliance programs to help hungry and vulnerable people. They also recognize the importance of preventing food waste, and put a great deal of effort towards the proper storage, preservation, innovation, and handling of food supplies.
Charity Navigator: 90/100