In 2018, 43 million Brazilians faced food insecurity. This included 37% of all families. 10.3 suffered from chronic malnutrition, a nearly 45% increase from 2012. The next hunger census is planned for 2021, but even before COVID-19 many experts were saying that the situation was only continuing to get worse. Since Covid, there have been over 9 million lost jobs, and hunger has increased as the unemployment rate remains above 14%.
Food waste produces high quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when measured on a 20-year scale. If food waste were a country, it would be the third highest greenhouse gas emitter following China and the United States. In Brazil alone, there are over 26 million tons of food waste every year.
26 million tons of food waste means over 43 billion potential meals. We partner with food distributors, and they donate us food that is soon to expire that they can no longer sell. We then provide this recovered food to families in need. Historically, this food has always been thrown away. By making the food distribution system more efficient and less wasteful, we are not only feeding the hungry but we are decreasing food waste and helping combat climate change.
We provide food to families in need. When families have food, children can afford to study, go to school, and have a chance to be admitted into one of Brazils 233 free universities and lift themselves and their family out of poverty and hunger.