The Fink Family Foundation — the family foundation behind Wilton’s Millstone Farm — was one of the seed funders behind a recently conducted national economic study of food waste that’s being called the first of its kind.

The March-published report is named the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste.

Trustees of the Fink Family Foundation were part of ReFED — a collaboration of 30 businesses, government, investor, foundation and nonprofit leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste.

According to ReFED’s website, “ReFED was formed in early 2015 to create a Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, the first ever national economic study and action plan driven by a multistakeholder group committed to tackling food waste at scale.”

“Learning that we waste up to 40% of our food globally, and that meanwhile, one in seven Americans is food insecure, partnered with hands-on experiences at Millstone Farm — our operating farm — and working with restaurants and grocery stores and seeing waste occur first hand, really brought this issue home for us,” said Betsy Fink, a foundation trustee and owner of Millstone Farm.

The primary finding of the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste was that actions feasible and cost-effective today have the potential to cut food waste nationwide by more than 20% — 13 million tons annually.

“The Roadmap will require $18 billion of investment over the next decade — less than a tenth of a penny of investment per pound of food waste reduced,” a press release said.

“This investment will yield a net economic value to society of approximately $100 billion over the same period through consumer savings on lower food bills, new sources of business profit, additional meals donated to the hungry, and a lower government tax burden,” the press release said.

For direct links to the findings of the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, as well as relevant infographics and resources, visit