We look at how much food we waste during COVID when everyone is home. Restauranteurs are throwing out tonnes more food and some of them are giving it back to the homeless and those that have lost their jobs.
In America alone, $50 million more is spent on food according to Food and Wine.
They predict that the food wastage problem will get worse because there are not enough workers to harvest the crop and restaurants don’t know what to do with the leftover food that’s been sitting in their stores for a long time.
It’s important during the COVID that we do not waste food in the household as there is a lot of food insecurity going on at the moment. And it’s important that we do not hoard food.
Simply if you have some leftover pantry goods that you don’t want to use and it’s unopened: why not give that to someone in need? These days there are more people in need since almost everyone has lost their jobs. Due to COVID, people cannot go dumpster diving anymore. Instead, they rely on charities and these charities need your support to survive and thrive post-COVID. You can donate to them online and then they can buy the food for the poor.
If you have food in the fridge that needs to be eaten, why not make another meal out of it (ie plain pasta)?
If you can please support your favorite restaurant or cafe. They are doing it pretty tough and they would love for you to eat their food! Why not make a date night at home as most places have special date night packs and they advertise it on Instagram and Facebook
We hope that in years to come the rate in which food is wasted will be dropped. But that might be a while yet.