GET SMART — Measure How Much Food Your Family Throws Away Over Four Weeks

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Over four weeks, together with your family, measure how much food your household throws away. From the list below, choose the best way for your household to measure edible but uneaten food over the four week challenge. Be sure to include food scraped off plates and from the fridge, counter and cabinets

  • Estimate or take a picture when you throw food away — at the end of the day, is it more, less or same as the days before? 
  • Measure at the end of each day with a kitchen scale. 
  • Measure at the end of each day with a large container — is it quarter full, half or more? 
  • Measure wasted food at the end of each day with a container with graduated measurements. A limited number of 4-quart graduated containers are available to Challengers who choose to measure volume — limited to one per household. 

Record the results on the GET SMART Measurement Guide and post them on your fridge. Report results online and enter to win prizes. PDF icon

Other resources 

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Measurement instructions and table PDF icon

  • Request a free 4-quart graduated measurement container and plastic liners
  • Learn more about why preventing food waste matters

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