减少浪费.
An easy way to make a big difference

40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste, and a significant portion of that waste happens in our homes. Whether it’s moldy cheese, 柔软的香菜, or long-lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week—and unfortunately you’re not alone. 

Americans waste about 25% of all food purchases. Food is wasted when we buy more than we need, s把它撕不正确, throw带走剩菜,或c书太多了. 的 average American family could save over $1,600 a year by sending less food to the landfill.

第一步是…… 制定策略.

在家里

先进先出

Assess what you already have in your fridge and cabinets. Identify which items should be eaten soonest and plan meals that incorporate those foods.

制定策略存储

Not sure the best way to 商店 cooked beans or whether you can freeze dairy? 查阅 A-Z Food Storage Tip Guide to learn how to keep food fresh longer. Follow the tips below to determine what to 商店 in your fridge or leave on the countertop.

冰箱里的物品

  • Apples, berries, cherries, grapes, kiwi, lemons, and oranges
  • Almost all vegetables and herbs
  • Keep cilantro fresh up to two weeks longer by placing stems in water and covering the greens in a plastic bag
  • After ripening at room temperature, refrigerate melons, nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums, avocados, pears, tomatoes. 
  • Keep celery and lettuce crisp by cutting ends and storing upright in jar of water in fridge door

Pantry and Counter-Top Items

  • 在一个凉爽的地方, 商店 bananas, mangos, papayas, pine苹果
  • In a cool, dark place, 商店 potatoes,洋葱
  • At room temperature, 商店 basil, winter squashes (once cut, 商店 squash in fridge)

Additional Storage Tips

  • Freeze items that are close to spoiling to time lock their freshness.
  • Slow spoilage by storing fruits and vegetables in separate bins. Fruits release a natural gas that speeds the spoilage of nearby produce, 所以商店香蕉, 苹果, and tomatoes by themselves.
  • Use storage bags and containers designed to extend produce life.
  • To prevent mold, wash berries just before eating.

  • For more ideas, consult the 食物改变食谱. Our chefs share their favorite recipes that reduce waste in the ope体育 kitchen. 

Often ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates do not accurately indicate food safety. Besides those on infant formula and some baby food, these dates are not federally regulated, so it is important to be able to determine food safety regardless of labeling. 看看 eatbydate.com for more on food shelf life and safety. Engage your senses of smell, touch, and taste to determine a food’s freshness.

Have excess food to donate? Share food with neighbors or donate to your 当地食物银行. In the San Francisco Bay Area, consider donating to our partners 阿拉米达食品银行, CityTeam or East Oakland Collective. We recommend you call first to make sure the agency can accommodate your donation.  

Concerned about donating food? 的 Good Samaritan Food Donation Act covers companies and organizations from liability when donating to a nonprofit. Feed our community not the landfill by donating today.

Start your own compost bin or find out more about your 当地的堆肥项目.

For two weeks,  list everything you throw out. At the end of those weeks, evaluate the list and learn to purchase and 商店 better next time. 使用“食物轮班”的方法 食物浪费的计算器 to measure your impact.

在市场

It’s easy to forget about items hiding in the back of the pantry or freezer. Taking 股票 of what you already have not only prevents duplicate purchases but can also inspire new culinary creations.

Stick to your list and buy only what you need.

Support healthy soil, local farmers, and energy conservation.

在学校

To join an existing program, check out the 食品恢复网络, which develops community food recovery and redistribution programs. 

To start a new recovery program, follow our School Food Donation Implementation Guide from our project with Oakland Unified School District.

Encourage your school or university to monitor its waste with 精益之路, an automated tracking system that has helped their customers save money and cut up to 80%t of their food waste. You may also utilize ope体育’s go-to 食物浪费的计算器 to measure the environmental impact of your school’s food waste.

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