Earth Day kicks off Food Waste Prevention Week in Aurora! April 22nd – 27th
Did you know….
- 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is thrown away?! Half of that waste happens at home.
- 21% of trash in landfills is food waste. Rotting food creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.
- $165 billion is the estimated annual cost of the ~133 billion pounds of food wasted in the U.S. That’s a loss of $1,500 per household, per year.
Volunteers save perfectly edible food from nearly 40 grocery stores each week! Fresh Produce, Bread, Dairy, Deli, Frozen Meats and more are donated to the cause of nourishing lives and relieving hunger. It takes many hands to sort and stock the rescued food, preparing for the days that food is shared with pantry guests.
Together as a community, we’re caring for people AND for the planet too!
During Food Waste Prevention Week, April 22-27th, Marie’s Pantry guests are receiving education about how to shop, prepare, store, and keep food fresh so it doesn’t go to waste at home.
Donations from nearly 40 local stores are part of Marie’s Food Rescue program each week. Over 80% of food shared with neighbors in need is food that volunteers have helped to save!
Food Rescue Volunteers help sort and stock donations of Produce, Deli, Dairy, Frozen Meats, Bread and Baked Goods.
Doing good is a lot of fun. Starting Earth Day, April 22, sign up for a Food Rescue Volunteer shift and come see for yourself!