What if we could redistribute fresh fruits and vegetables into food-desert areas?
What if we could work with for-profit companies to turn some of that waste into healthy products that can be distributed to at-risk populations like inner city kids and families and the elderly, and also as mainstream products?
What if we could work with universities to create new food innovations to reduce food waste?
We can, and we do. It is possible to eliminate hunger.
The WakWay Foundation
Impacts lives through innovative food repurposing programs.
More than 72 billion pounds of perfectly good food goes to waste
$218 billion worth of food is thrown away
21 percent of our landfills are filled with food waste
20 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables are discarded on farms or left in fields and plowed under
11 million children in the United States suffer from food insecurity
10.2 million older Americans face the threat of hunger and malnutrition.
It Doesn’t Add Up
The WakWay Foundation believes we can impact the hunger problem by creating, innovating, and partnering with private sector businesses, government, and academic institutions to develop nutritious, innovative food solutions. Led by Don Wakamatsu, The WakWay Foundation began as a way for sports leagues, athletes, and celebrities to change the lives of inner-city children, their families, and the elderly. That mission to make a difference became a personal passion for the WakWay team.
Hunger isn't a "lack of" problem. It's an innovation problem. A logistics challenge. What makes The WakWay Foundation different from other hunger foundation initiatives is our commitment to repurposing with an enriched nutrition focus. It means more than just capturing food at restaurants and stadiums for redistribution to food kitchens and pantries. It's a new look at farming practices, new food products in protein-based options including plant-based and entomology, and opportunities to create second-level products that can extend the life of a fruit or vegetable, and getting them into the hands of those in need.