Why Food Waste Matters

 

Impacts on your wallet

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  • A family of four can save more than $1,500 a year by making changes in how they shop, prepare and store food.
  • Americans families throw out approximately 20 percent of the food and beverage they buy.

Impacts on the environment


  • Twenty-five percent of U.S. freshwater supplies go to producing food that is wasted.
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  • Each apple that's thrown away uses enough water to flush a toilet seven times.

Impacts on the community


  • Americans waste 1,249 calories in food, per person, every day.
  • More than 232,000 Oregon households faced food insecurity in 2011-2013. That means they lacked consistent access to adequate amounts of nutritious food.

Learn more

Videos


Here are a few short videos about food waste.








  
  
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