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​​​​Food Waste Watchers Program​​​​

Stay tuned, applications will open October 1st, 2023.

​Did you know that 40 percent of all food in America is wasted and that a four-person family can lose about $1,500 a year on wasted food?

This FRE​E, one-year program will provide food waste and composting education, training, and access to a compost service for residents living in food deserts and COVID-19-impacted areas in the City of Phoenix. Participants will learn how to decrease food loss and waste through practical and usable tips for your household, such as better food purchasing, storing food practices, meal planning tools, and composting. By adopting better practices, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint. 

Participants will: 

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Why is managing food waste important?

  • Reducing food waste adds money to your pocket.
  • Lost opportunities for healthful eating.
  • Food waste in landfills creates methane gas and contributes to climate change. 
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Program Requirements


  • Live within the boundaries of the following urban​​ villages​ including Estrella, Laveen, Maryvale, Alhambra, Central City, South Mountain Villages and food desert areas in Deer Valley and North Mountain.  ​​Find your village here.
  • Live within a low- to moderate-income census tract within the boundaries noted above.


Have an annual household income per the U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) FY2023 Limits as follows:

# of people in Househo​ld

Annual Income$52,400$59,850$67,350$74,800$80,800$86,800$92,800$98,750



  • Priority is given to applicants consistent with the demographic makeup of the participating community


  • Must be 18 years of age or older to participate
  • Must be primary person who buys and prepares food for the household
  • Must be willing to commit to a 7-week program, with two brief follow-up contacts 3 months and 6 months later
  • Must be willing to participate in weekly, brief surveys provided online, and may elect to participate in an in-depth interview at the end of the program
  • Must be willing to provide data to the City, or ASU, or its partners throughout the duration of the program
  • Must be willing to gather household food waste for 7 weeks using freely provided buckets or bags 
  • Must be able to commit 1  hour a week of self-directed education using provided online tools

Program Timeline: January 14, 2024 through March 2, 2024, then June 2-8 for the 3-month follow-up, and September 1-7 for the 6-month follow-up.

​City of Phoenix employees are ​not eligible for this program.