Zero-Waste Tips: How to Reduce Food Waste

| 4/2/2012 12:22:46 PM

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Zero-waste is today’s hot trend for good reason. With the world’s population recently hitting 7 billion, it’s more important than ever not to waste food—a precious resource. Consider these super-easy tips:

1. Sort through your kitchen cabinets and pantry. Why not donate your surplus non-perishable food items to feed hungry people in your community? You’ll help others while clearing away clutter.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger national food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Bag non-perishable, unexpired food items and place them near your mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to the local food bank or pantry. 

"The needs are particularly sad, even staggering, in 2012," NALC President Fredric Rolando notes. "Sixteen percent of all Americans are at risk of hunger—uncertain where their next meal may be coming from. That includes 1 in 5 children under the age of 18, plus 4 million seniors who are forced every day to choose between paying a utility bill and buying food."  

Other hunger-fighting organizations: Feeding America and America’s Second Harvest. Call 1-800-771-2302 for the food bank nearest you. Or search for the terms "food pantry" or "food pantries" or "food bank" and your city and state.