We all know that food waste is a major issue all around the world. In fact, about
one-third of all the food produced globally goes straight to the trash. This not only
wastes resources and money but also has a negative impact on the environment.
But there is a solution to this problem, and that is repurposing food. Repurposing
food means taking the food that is about to expire or has already expired and
finding a new use for it. For instance, stale bread can be turned into croutons, and
overripe fruit can be used to make a smoothie or some delicious baked goods.

Repurposing food can help reduce food waste and save you some money too.
Instead of buying new ingredients, you can use what you already have in your
kitchen. Plus, it’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen and try out new recipes.

My internship at Food Finders has given me a platform to educate others on food
waste, repurposing, and nutrition.

Another way to reduce food waste is to plan your meals ahead of time. By doing
this, you can make sure you don’t buy more than you need and use everything
before it goes bad. Additionally, storing food properly can help it last longer.

Meal planning is one of the most significant ways to prevent food waste.
Fridge temp 39 degrees Celsius. Who hasn’t gone to the store hungry? Going to the
store hungry is the #1 offender of a well-planned shopping trip.
When you plan your meals or even just your shopping, it reduces food waste. And
don’t forget that planning ahead is also easy on your wallet–a big plus! l. Planning
your meals for the week and creating your shopping list based on your meals can
cut waste by 15% or more.
So, let’s all do our part to fight food waste. By repurposing food and making an
effort to reduce waste, we can help create a more sustainable future for ourselves
and for the planet.

Nutrition Talks Program

In our Nutrition Talks Program with partner agencies, I do a basic overview of
nutrition and its importance with interactive tools that keep people engaged in
what they are learning. One example is my Nutrition Facts Label workshop, which
starts with a scavenger hunt for a pantry item with a nutrition facts label and ties
up with a Q&A on the information presented.

Working with the City of Long Beach to get nutrition education to Long Beach City
College is one way we do our part to reduce waste by repurposing food. It isn’t
enough that we are getting food into the hands of those in need but also to educate
them on the many nutrient-dense meals possible while reducing waste.

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Kelly Alarcon, a Student at California State University, Long Beach, with a concentration in Nutrition and
Nutritional Science, is passionate about showing others the path to wellness through nutrition while
reducing hunger and food waste. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-alarcon-194313220/