Up to 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten, with 95% of that total ending up in landfills or incinerators, according to a release from the mayor's office.
Cooper is expected to announce this year's challenge during a Dec. 13 event at Las Palmas Restaurant, located at 5821 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
According to the mayor's office, the challenge, part of the Nashville Food Waste Initiative, will promote preventing food waste, donating surplus food and recycling leftover scraps. To participate in the challenge, hotels, restaurants and event venues can select at least five predetermined strategies to help reduce food waste.
Local restaurants can find more information about the challenge and register here.