Tips for Reducing Thanksgiving Food Waste

Maxwell Bernstein | November 27, 2020

The USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison released tips and facts on reducing food waste at Thanksgiving. The average American family of four annually loses $1500 or 1,160 pounds of uneaten food.

The USDA recommends: 

  • Planning holiday meals.
  • Storing or giving away leftovers.
  • Use leftover food creatively by incorporating them in other dishes. 
  • Donate extra food through Feeding America or the EPA’s excess food opportunities program. 
  • Composting.
  • Preventing leftovers from ending up in a landfill.

Families can freeze Thanksgiving food and use it long term as a way to prevent food from being wasted. 

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