Almost 40% of food in America is wasted every year. That's 133 billion pounds of food going to the landfill when it could help feed the more than 41 million Americans living in food insecure households. Not to mention the wasted labor, water, fuel, and money that was put into your food. Limiting your food waste could also save families around $1,500 a year!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency set a target of 50% reduction of food waste by 2030. Individuals, groups, and organizations can all be part of the solution.
Be more aware of how much food you buy and how much you're throwing away. Remember that "ugly" food can still be edible and delicious. You can also donate food to a local food bank.If you're looking to act beyond your own home, consider advocating for your campus, business, or organization to join the Food Recovery Challenge.
Together, we can prevent billions of pounds of food from decomposing in a landfill and releasing harmful methane into the atmosphere. The best part is, we can do all that while saving money and feeding the hungry!