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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Putting a stop to food waste is a piece of cake!

Family at grocery store

The average family throws away 25 percent of the food they buy, wasting about $1,600 a year.

Here are three easy steps to keep money in your wallet and out of the compost bin:

Make a list!

  • Plan your meals for the week, check what you already have in stock, then make a shopping list (and stick to it). While shopping, choose bulk ingredients and loose fruits and veggies to get the exact amount you need.  

Keep fruits and veggies fresh.

  • Produce often goes bad before we eat it. Freeze fruits you can’t eat in time and use them later to make delicious pies and smoothies.  And wilting veggies are great for making soup you can freeze for future meals.

 First in, first out.

  • Out of sight, out of mind leads to food waste. Move older ingredients and leftovers to the front of your pantry and fridge to use up first. Find new recipes and creative ways to use leftovers and other ingredients to make meals.

Visit for more tips and resources, including useful mobile apps and informative websites. Tell us about the meals you make with leftover ingredients: