The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries' actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. The Commission approves the national programmes for 2014-2020. This includes food help but also non-material assistance to the most deprived people, such as education, to help them integrate better into society also through reducing food waste and improving household budget management of deprived ones.
The amount of food wasted in households per capita and year for some of the different European countries is as follows: 110 kg in Great Britain, 108 kg in Italy, 99 kg in France, 82 kg in Germany, 52 in Poland and 72 kg in Sweden. These figures illustrate that any effective strategy to combat food wastage needs to focus on the final consumer as well as other actors in the food system.
Most of wasted food goes to landfills, which emits a big quantity of methane, a greenhouse gas estimated to be 20 times worse for the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (Global Warming Potential by International Panel on Climate Change). Hence reduction of food waste appears to be strictly related to promotion of sustainability.