Let’s talk about a pretty shocking statistic: Did you know that 35 percent of food produced in the U.S. is thrown away (that’s 130 billion pounds per year, BTW), yet 42 million Americans struggle with hunger? Whoa.
Now, let’s talk about a pretty awesome statistic: In 2020 alone, Kroger directed more than $213 million in food and funds to help organizations, innovators and changemakers across the country address these issues through its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste environmental and social impact plan. In fact, they’ve set the lofty goal to help end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Again, whoa.
Curious how you can help? So were we, so we reached out to Kroger for some tips. Turns out, they have a nifty recycling program with TerraCycle® and a fancy little robot called Chefbot that helps you create recipes based on what’s in your fridge. They also offered up some pretty smart fridge organization tips that you can put into effect ASAP. See below for five ways you can reduce food waste just by rejiggering what’s already in your kitchen.