25 Dec '11, 12am

Better Food Bank Donations" from @NRDC's @OnEarthMag:

Better Food Bank Donations" from @NRDC's @OnEarthMag:

There's a food bank in my neighborhood, and I can't help but notice that the line there seems to be growing. In fact, food banks around the country are reporting seeing more clients in recent years, many of them first-timers who have run out of benefits due to long-term unemployment. When I've donated food in the past, it's usually the result of cleaning out my own kitchen. I try to do this pretty regularly now, especially after I learned about how much food is wasted in this country. The EPA estimates that U.S. households throw out about 14 percent of the food they purchase -- more than 470 pounds of food a year per family. It doesn't help that "use by" and "best by" dates for nearly all food items (excluding federally regulated infant formula) are just manufacturer suggestions for peak quality . A full 20 percent of food waste results from consumer confusion over these t...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/better-food-bank-donations#.T...

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