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Making a few changes to your household can help reduce food waste.[2]

  • Pre-plan your food list before going to the grocery store and stick to it! Only buy what you need. Be careful when buying in bulk and think before you buy.
  • Purchase fruits and vegetables that have some physical imperfections, as these items often do not get purchased due to their look but are safe to consume!
  • Store fruits and vegetables properly to make them last longer.
  • Make sure your refrigerator is set to 40° Fahrenheit or below and your freezer is set to 0° Fahrenheit to prevent foods from spoiling faster than they should.
  • Designate a space in the front of your fridge for foods that will be going bad sooner to ensure that you eat those foods first.
  • Keep track of what you have stored in your kitchen and base your meals around what you have on hand.
  • If you notice you have extra food, consider donating food items to your local food pantry or share food with family/friends instead of throwing it away.


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Proper Food Storage
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