Reduce Food Waste
Did you know?
In Canada, over 47% of edible food wasted occurs at home, with households wasting approximately $1400 worth of food each year. The other 53% of food waste occurs along the food value chain, where food is produced, processed, transported or sold.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2007 each Canadian wasted on average approximately 183 kilograms of edible food, an estimated 269 meals wasted per person that year!
We can all play a part in reducing food waste at home. Below are tips and resources for how.
Six Tips to Reduce Food Waste
1. Plan & Prep
- Use this Portion Planning Tool and write (and stick to!) a detailed grocery list.
- Check your fridge and cupboards before shopping. Do you already have what you need?
- Post a list of perishable food items on your fridge. Use them up before buying more food.
- Treat ‘best before dates’ as guidelines. Learn more here.
2. Organize Your Fridge to Make Food Last Longer
- Check out this fridge food organizing guide to help keep your food fresh.
- Use the ‘first in, first out’ principle. After you buy new groceries, move older food items to the front of the fridge so you can use them up first.
3. Freeze Food
- Learn tips for how best to freeze different types of food.
4. Love your Leftovers
- Use ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ recipes to use up what’s left in your fridge. Quiches, soups and stir-frys are great options for this.
- Date leftovers and take to school or work for a tasty lunch.
5. Serve Smaller Portions
- Resist the urge to serve large portions at meals.
- Serve food on smaller plates.
6. Donate and Share Food
- Donate food items to the Sunshine Coast Food Bank or the Salvation Army on the Sunshine Coast.
- Share extra food with friends, neighbours, co-workers and community members in need.
- Connect with a local farmer – do they want food scraps to feed their animals?
Canadian National Food Waste Reduction Strategy
Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
Tips for Parents – Waste Less with Kids
Portion Planning Tool
Best Before Dates and Shelf Life Guide
Leftover Recipe Ideas
Just Eat It Film