Households are responsible for about 43% of all food waste in the US – more than any other part of the food chain. Each of us throws away about 20 pounds of food per month – or an estimated 240 pounds per year.
When we throw away food, we also waste our money – about $1800 per year for a family of four – and the labor, water, energy and fuel used to produce, package and transport 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