Food Waste: Beyond Your Kitchen!
A crazy sight to see on a sustainable blog, huh? Tons of food wrapped in plastic. These photos are deceiving though. At first glance, it looks very wasteful. Some may even say careless! As I’ve said before, I’m only anit-plastic when I can’t justify its purpose. In this case, I can.
These photos were taken during my first volunteer opportunity with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. RLC is an organization that partners with donors to help deliver leftover food to people with food insecurities. Not only does this help my community, it helps eliminate food waste! It goes without saying that I’m passionate about sustainability, but being able to play a part in distributing resources to those in need makes the experience that much more rewarding.
If you’re in New York and interested in getting involved, I highly recommend starting with RLC. Their volunteer calendar makes it easy to sign up and has flexibility for whatever your schedule may look like. You get to pick what time and location works best for you! It only takes an hour of your time and makes a huge difference for the people receiving the food- and the landfills that aren’t. (Yeah I went there!!)
If you’re not from New York, check out the volunteer opportunities in your community! Part of protecting the planet is also protecting the people on it. If you’re having trouble finding volunteer opportunities or just aren’t feeling inspired by the ones you’ve seen, DM me! No judgement here. I’d love to help you look and find things that make you want to get involved.
The point of this post? Food waste goes beyond what you waste in your kitchen. This is a problem across the board within households/restaurants/bakeries/grocery stores/etc. A good place to start tackling issues with food waste is in your home, but it doesn’t stop there. Get involved when you can! One of the most valuable things we have to offer is our time. One hour of our lives could mean the world to someone else!