Did you know? Forty percent of food purchased in the United States becomes waste, totaling about 36 million tons every year. At the household level, this waste equates to about 20 pounds per month, per person—or $2,275 in wasted food each year for a family of four, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Reduce food waste at home
Rescue food that's too good to waste
- Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
- Plan your menu before you go shopping and buy only those things on your menu.
- Buy only what you realistically need and will use. Buying in bulk only saves money if you are able to use the food before it spoils.
- Freeze, preserve, or can surplus fruits and vegetables - especially abundant seasonal produce.
- Compost food scraps rather than throwing them away.
Food banks accept non-perishable food items, including canned fruit, vegetables, meats, soups, boxed pasta, cereals, oatmeal, sugar, honey, flour and juices. River Bend Foodbank provides information about donations
on its Website. Also included is a list of community partners accepting food donations
. Before making a donation, it's wise to contact the organization first to determine hours and need.
Compost what you can't save