Be the Solution - Prevent Wasted Food


Did you know?

• More than one-third of food produced in this country is wasted and almost half of that waste comes from our own homes.
• At the same time, thousands of people right here in our community don’t have enough to eat.
• Throwing food away is bad for the environment. Not only does it waste the water, land and resources used to produce food, in the landfill – rotting food adds to greenhouse gas emissions.
• The good news is that there are solutions that can solve our wasted food problem and you can be a “No Wasted Food Hero”.

Ready to take action on food waste? Here are steps you can take to help reduce food waste in your home and community:

Prevent and Reduce Food Waste at Home

Reducing the amount of food you waste at home is good for your pocketbook and for the planet. Some simple things you can start doing right away include –
• Eat what is in your fridge and pantry first.
• Plan meals in advance and make a shopping list.
• Find creative ways to use leftovers.
• Freeze food before it goes bad.
• Only select what you will eat.

Help Spread the Word

Share what you’ve learned about food waste with friends, family, classmates and colleagues. Ask food vendors you do business with what they do with their excess perishable food. If they simply throw it away, encourage them to donate their food to Saving Grace!

Support Businesses who Reduce Wasted Food

Saving Grace Food Donor Logo Many businesses in our community are joining our cause. They are donating their excess food to help feed people instead of letting that food go to waste. The list of our current food donor businesses is on our website – be sure to let them know you appreciate their work to nourish people and nurture the planet. See our Food Donor List and look for this emblem where you shop and dine.

The Food Recovery Hierarchy

The Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions to prevent and divert wasted food. The top levels of the hierarchy are the best ways to prevent and divert wasted food because they create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy.


Why it Matters

Uneaten food that goes to waste in our country each year represents enough water and energy for 50 million homes. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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