March is National Nutrition Month®, hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” to encourage Americans to reduce food waste. Did you know that in America, we throw out over 400 pounds of food per person annually? According to a 2012 report by the National Resource Defense Council, this equated to about $218 billion worth of food! This happens as millions of Americans struggle with food insecurity. Additionally, food waste contributes to climate change and wasting of vital natural resources, like water and cropland.1
Take a pledge to help resolve food waste with a few tips:
- Plan meals ahead of time, using ingredients you have on hand.
- Get creative with leftovers by using them in different ways – cut up leftover meat or veggies to use in salads, soups, casseroles and sandwiches.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Aim for smaller portions to stay within your calorie needs as recommended by MyPlate.
- Donate extra foods that are still safe to eat to a local food pantry or shelter.
For more information, visit https://www.eatright.org