Food waste is a big problem. In Pierce County more than 94,000 people are food insecure yet 40,000 tons of edible food are thrown away in our homes. When food is wasted and goes to a landfill it breaks down and generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. All the water, energy, labor and fuel used to grow and transport that food is also wasted. National research shows that a family of four loses approximately $1,500 each year on waste food. Reducing wasted food saves you money, protects the environment, and reduces hunger in our communities.
A simple way to waste less food is to plan meals ahead of time and shop for groceries with a list. If that's easier said than done, we can help you get started.