In a country where an average of 30% of our food is wasted, people still go hungry.
1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be there with content.
It’s truly a shame that in a land of plenty, there are still empty stomachs. It’s a crying shame.
We are very blessed. We have a small garden and are able to use it to the best possible advantage, we are also able to share some of our produce with neighbors which is wonderful as well. Being able to preserve foods also helps us to eat healthier and save money.
But. Even we waste food at times. 🙁
What is the main cause of food waste? Over buying, and under planning. At least in our house it is.
How many times have I opened the fridge and discovered rotten produce? Or leftovers that got forgotten and are now “mystery meat”? What about pantry items that have expired? Oh boy… more times that I want to admit, that’s for sure.
I got to thinking about this issue of wasted foods and people going hungry and something occurred to me. If I were to plan better, and buy only what we would use, the saved money could go to organizations that help feed the hungry.
At any rate, we live in a bountiful land with all sorts of food available to us. Doesn’t it seem like we should be better stewards and waste less? Here are a few ways we could waste less food:
- Meal plan
- Buy only what is needed and will be used
- Use (clean) fruit and vegetable peelings & egg shells to make delicious bone broth
- Toss non meat table scraps into a compost pile and use in the garden or flower beds
- Keep a pantry and freezer checklist so you always know what you have on hand and what needs used up
- Depending on the pets you have, meat table scraps make nice treats for them. We put ours out for the feral cats that live in our neighborhood.
I am thankful for the food that we have in abundance, and would really like to focus on wasting less.