Prevent Food Waste at Home

 Food loss chart
Fruits and vegetables are the second
most wasted food after seafood

The average U.S. household throws away a quarter of all food they purchase. That is like going to the store, leaving one of your four bags in the parking lot and driving away. At the same time, one in six Americans lacks a secure supply of food. Learn more about why preventing food waste matters.

By making small shifts in how we shop, prepare and store food, we waste less, save money and conserve the valuable resources associated with food production.

One step is to store fruits and vegetables properly. Many households store much of their fruit on the counter, however apples and citrus fruits last the longest when they are stored in the refrigerator. If you want them warm, just take what your family will eat that day out of the fridge in the morning. 

Take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge

The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge is an opportunity for families in the tri-county area to reduce the amount of food waste at home. Information, tools, resources and support for families to take the Challenge are provided by Washington County and the cities of  Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Gresham. Challengers start by taking a pledge to practice SMART STORAGE by keeping their fruits and vegetables fresh. More smart strategies, tools and support are also available. 

To take the Challenge, click on where you live below. 

Washington County challenge button

Including the cities of Banks, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin, and other unincorporated communities

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Food Waste Banner 

Not sure which jurisdiction you live in?

Type in your address on the Metromap website to find.  


Thank you to the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for developing strategies to reduce household food waste.