Prevent Food Waste at Home

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The average U.S. household throws away over 20 percent of all food they purchase. That is like going to the store, buying five bags and leaving one in the parking lot. At the same time, one in six Americans lacks a secure supply of food. 

Save your food from going to waste!

When you make small shifts in how you shop, prepare and store food, you can waste less, save money and conserve the valuable resources associated with food production. Take action now with the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge and get free tools and tips to help you. 

Make a change today. Start with one or more of these tips: 

  1. Shop with meals in mind.
  2. Prep now and eat later.
  3. Keep it fresh.
  4. Eat what you buy.
  5. Measure your wasted food.

About the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge

The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge is brought to you by Washington and Clackamas counties and the cities of  Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Gresham. 

Is your group interested in a presentation on this topic? If so, please contact the program by email or call 503-846-3605.


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.