Did you know…
- 20-40% of the food supply in the USA is wasted? That equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
- Each day American throws out enough food to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium
- Specifically, American households throw out about 25% of the food and beverages that they buy (for an average family of 4, this equates to about $1,400 to $2,300 per year)
Ways to reduce food waste:
- Creating a grocery list. Impulse purchases at the store leading to bulk purchases
- Meal plan. Lack of meal planning and shopping lists, inaccurate estimates of meal preparation and impromptu restaurant meals can lead to food purchased spoiling before it is used
- Over preparing. Cooking meals that are larger than needed to feed your family can lead to leftovers that may not get eaten.
- Put new foods in the back of the refrigerator so that older foods get eaten first, before they expire
- Take home leftovers when eating out.
- Freeze leftovers if you think they will not get eaten before they go bad
- Use leftovers to make another meal. Get creative!
How to use leftovers/food before it goes bad:
- Stale bread: use stale bread to make French toast for breakfast or croutons for a salad at lunch or dinner!
- Cheese: use cheese that is about to go bad to make homemade macaroni & cheese (yum!) or a fondue for dipping with bread and vegetables.
- Chicken: use leftover chicken to make chicken salad, chicken enchiladas, soup, salad, or sandwiches.
Click for more information about reducing food wase: Feed People, Not Landfills