Stop Food Waste Day
In the United States alone, it’s been estimated that approximately 120 billion pounds of food are wasted. That’s equal to more than $400 billion in wasted food, or about 131 billion meals. That’s almost 40% of all food that’s produced in the U.S. That’s not only a serious shame, but it’s also a travesty.
Not only is that food that’s not going to feed the hungry and food insecure, but it’s also food that’s going right into landfills, which severely damages the environment. That’s why we encourage everyone to do their part to reverse the trend of food waste by observing Stop Food Waste Day on the last Wednesday in April. If we all work together, we can absolutely stop food waste and this day is a great place to begin our journey.
The History Of Stop Food Waste Day
This holiday was created by the Compass Group in 2017. This organization was and still is, one of the largest food service companies in the world. They serve cafes, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other institutions.
As a part of their commitment to reducing their own food waste by 25% by the year 2020, they decided to create Stop Food Waste Day. Of course, it’s well past 2020, but the holiday is still observed by people looking to make a difference in the world and stop the needless waste of food.
Some Quick And Alarming Facts About Food Waste
We didn’t want to conclude this article without serving up some of the facts that we learned about food waste. We gathered the following facts during our research for this holiday and we’re sure that they will serve all of our readers well.
- The average American throws out over 1,200+ calories per person per day.
- More food enters landfills than just about any other municipal waste.
- Almost 50% of ALL fruits and vegetables get thrown into the trash.
- The average U.S. family loses approximately $2000 a year in wasted food costs.
Observing Stop Food Waste Day
Anyone interested in stopping food waste can use this holiday as the day to begin their journey. They can start by buying only the amount of food that they can use in any given week. They can also make sure that they freeze or use other storage methods to preserve food for longer periods of time.
And they should also learn the value of soup. Using veggies and meats that are going to go bad in a soup can not only preserve them but can also help transform them into something new. And people can spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #StopFoodWasteDay online.