40% of our food is wasted in America, and here in Deschutes County, it is estimated that a quarter of what goes into our local landfill is wasted food. We’re better than that. It’s time to rethink food waste, and we want to help you do it.
First, take stock of how much food you actually end up wasting. Then, use our tips to help you plan and utilize your food better.
Are you up for the challenge?
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!
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 now, eat later.
When you get home from the store, prep your food right away! Learn about freezing, chopping, pickling, and batch cooking.
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.
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.
Check out this for blogs, websites, documentaries, books, ted talks, radio shows and more. All about wasted food and how to prevent it.