Households are responsible for between 40-50 percent of all the food waste generated nationwide – more than any other portion of the food chain. Each of us throws away an estimated 240 pounds of food per year – roughly 21 percent of the food each of us buys.
When we throw away food we also waste money – about $1,800 per year for a family of four as well as the labor, water, energy and fuel used to produce, package and move food from the farm to our plates.
Download: A Guide for Reducing Food Waste at Home
Quick tips to prevent & reduce food waste at home:
- Plan your meals. See what you have to use at home first.
- Shop smart. Make a list, stick to it. Printable Shopping List
- Prep smart and store smart. Prepare perishable food soon after shopping or do meal prepping. Freeze items to keep fresh. Do the FIFO: first in, first out. Keep produce in its proper place. Fruit and Vegetable Storage Info
- Don’t fall for date labels. Food does not magically spoil on that date. Product Dating Info
- Love your leftovers. Ask for a doggie bag. Be creative to make new meals with leftovers. Get ideas from: www.supercook.com, www.myfridge.com and www.recipematcher.com.
- Buy directly from local farmers. You'll get fresher food and keep your dollars in the community. Where to Buy Local in SC
- Donate non-perishable items. One in seven South Carolinian's is food insecure. Feeding the Carolinas Foodbanks
- Compost. It involves a little effort and some equipment but can reduce the amount of waste you make, save you money and provide you with a valuable product. Composting Info