• 40% of food in America is wasted.
  • ~26% of Deschutes County’s own Knott Landfill consists of wasted food.
  • 90% of us throw away food too soon.
  • 20% of the food we each buy never gets eaten.
  • Each of us tosses nearly 300 pounds of food each year.
  • We want to change that. Because our food is too good to waste.

We’re better than that. It’s time to rethink food waste, and we want to help you do it. We challenge you: pledge to waste less food!

 

Are you up for the challenge?

Get Smarter:

Take the Rethink Food Waste Challenge!

Sign up for our 4 week Rethink Food Waste Challenge E-mail Series and learn what food you’re wasting in your home and how to prevent it. Pledge to waste less food! Have a friend who could benefit? Sign them up, too!

Here is the official challenge document: How to take the challenge and what you need to do it. Those who have taken our Rethink Food Waste Challenge reduced their wasted food by an average of 40%! How low can Deschutes County go?

Shop Smarter:

Use what you have and buy only what you need.

Get tips on planning ahead, knowing what you have, using what you buy and buying only what you need. Also learn about the Eat First Basket!

Prep Smarter:

Prep now, eat later.

When you get home from the store, prep your food right away! Learn about freezing, chopping, pickling, and batch cooking.

Store Smarter:

How to store you food so it lasts the longest.

Learn more about organizing your fridge, get insider knowledge on how to store your foods and why. Learn about shelf life and how to navigate dates on foods.

Compost Smarter:

If there is still waste, compost it.

The best thing to do is to prevent food waste in the first place. Remember: composting is NOT the same as not wasting food. But if you do have food that goes bad, composting at home is better than throwing wasted food in the landfill! Learn about backyard composting, worm composting, and commercial composting.

List of Resources

Check out this for blogs, websites, documentaries, books, ted talks, radio shows and more. All about wasted food and how to prevent it.

Schedule a food waste prevention presentation for your club or organization!

Email Ani to schedule: [email protected]

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