The City of Atlanta’s Full Circle Food Challenge is a holistic approach to reducing wasted food in Atlanta by:

  • rescuing and redistributing nutritious and healthy meals to residents who need it

  • sharing best practices on reducing wasted food by changing purchasing and storage habits and by

  • recycling what can’t be eaten into compost to grow healthier local food.

 How your restaurant can participate:

1. Register for the Full Circle Food Challenge by filling out a short, introductory survey that asks you to briefly explain how you plan on meeting the Challenge.

2. Commit to implementing or expanding a minimum of three of the food saving practices listed in the REDUCE, RECOVER, RECYCLE categories below. You may include practices that you used prior to the Challenge, but at least one new practice must be adopted for the Challenge.


The best way to reduce the impacts associated with food waste is to prevent wasting food - prioritize these practices in your business. The next most important strategy is to donate surplus food to organizations that can direct it to hungry people in need. Finally, after maximizing prevention and donation strategies, direct any remaining food scraps to animal feed or compost.  See EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy (below) for more information.

To participate in the Challenge, commit to implement or expand at least three food-saving practices from the following categories.


For more information about the City of Atlanta’s Full Circle Food Challenge, or for assistance signing up, please contact: Restaurants that participate will receive a Full Circle Food Challenge decal to proudly display in their window. 

After registering, please feel free to start posting your involvement on your social networks. We have created a social media toolkit that you can access here. Suggested hashtags include: #COAFoodChallenge #FullCircleFoodChallenge

Thank you for your partnership in our citywide effort to reduce food waste in Atlanta! 



Did you know that:

  • 1 in every 7.5 Atlantans is food insecure, lacking reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.

  • Worldwide, it is estimated that 40% of food produced is wasted and accounts for 21% of the nation’s yearly water usage, 10% of its energy usage, and 8% of its annual greenhouse gas emissions. If we were able to rescue all edible food, we could feed every hungry person in the world four times.

  • During the summer of 2018, the Office of Resilience partnered with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to map Atlanta’s wasted food by sector with the goal of connecting food insecure residents in our communities to edible, recoverable food. The findings of the report suggest that with maximum efforts of targeting large generators of wasted food, we could reduce food waste by 20% within two years.

  • The United Nations has identified ending hunger and improving good health and well-being among the top 17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform our World. In a city like Atlanta, access to healthy food can be significantly improved through awareness, continued expansion of urban agriculture, and improved logistics within industries where prepared meals are currently discarded and landfilled.

 Together, we can do something about it!  Register today.