Percentage of food thrown away in the U.S. that ends up in the landfill .
Environmental Protection Agency
INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: Organize your fridge and store your food in a way that will prevent it from spoiling.
GROUP CHALLENGE: Make a plan for the future of how you can share food throughout your school, parish, or organization.
10 Organization and Storage Tips to Prevent Food Waste at Home
Bonus Family Tip
Get the kids involved on Fridays by having an “Iron Chef” competition in which you select a “secret ingredient” from food that needs to be eaten (e.g. leftover cilantro). Challenge them to make a simple dish from it and other food already in the fridge.
Creative Ways to Share Food at Your Organization
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.” –Leviticus 19:9
The bible encourages the idea of gleaning, a practice in which farmers left food that had fallen when harvesting so that people who were hungry could collect, or glean, what was left behind in order to be fed. In this spirit, below are some ideas for ways to redistribute food at your parish or on your campus. We hope you can use some of these ideas to create a plan for sharing food in the future when public health guidelines allow it.
Looking for prayer to supplement your fast? Check out these daily reflections from Lent 2020 on food, faith, and climate inspired by the Lenten Food Waste Fast.
Brenna Davis is director of Education for Justice and environmental initiatives for the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She graduated from Boston College in 2010 and served in Cleveland as a Jesuit Volunteer. She previously taught theology, coached cross country, and served as main office coordinator at Saint Martin de Porres, Cleveland’s Cristo Rey High School. During her time there she was the self-proclaimed assistant to the director of facilities in all sustainability initiatives on campus. She is a certified spiritual director and a Cuyahoga County Master Recycler.
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