Learn how to save up to $370 per year by reducing your food waste. According to the Let’s Talk Trash initiative on My Plate the United States wastes about 90 Billion pounds of uneaten edible food each year. This costs most people $370 each year. What does this mean to you? Well less food loss and waste can help save money, improve food access, and protect natural resources.
Facts about food loss and waste include:
- Food waste is now the single largest component going into municipal landfills.
- Food loss is when food is spilled or spoils before it reaches the retailer.
- Wholesome food is thrown away instead of reaching people in need.
- Purchasing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food uses land, water, and energy resources that could be used for other purposes.
Want to make a change in your home?
Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov and click on the Eating Healthy on a Budget section to find ways to eat healthy and help manage your food resources in your home. There are also interactive links to help you plan and save, be food safe, check for quality, storage reminders, re-purpose and freeze extra food, donate, and recycle and compost.
With so many helpful tips and ideas, like eat before going to the grocery store, the new USDA “FoodKeeper” app, directions on how to freeze almost any food, a free pdf book on safe food storage, a guide to food quality and how long food lasts once you get it home, and so much more.
I know I am guilty of buying too much food at the store and realize when I get home that there is no way I will be able to eat all of it before it spoils. I have started to plan more, make a list and stick to it, and buy in smaller quantities, not bulk because I think its cheaper. The message is there are small steps each of us can make to help with food waste. And there are also great resources available for those who want to make a change in their own lives.