4 Ways to Fight Food Waste with John Oliver

Posted by Brittany Barbato on July 20th, 2015

beets and chives at Fare and Square storeRegardless of your political party, personal beliefs or musical preferences, last night comedian and late-night TV show host John Oliver shined his satirical spotlight on an undeniable issue in our country: food waste.

We’ve tailored Oliver’s tips to help you fight hunger and food waste right here in the Delaware Valley:

“Resolving to eat uglier fruit.”

Philabundance Food Acquisition Deputy Director Lisa Hodaei explains, “Our expectations as consumers have a ripple effect in the industry; seeking out “the perfect fruit” can create an artificial demand on stores, which impacts market standards for farmers who are producing the fruit.”
What You Can Do: Check in with yourself. Do you really need that perfectly round peach? Plus, roll up your sleeves and collect the surplus produce as you “glean” with us at a local farm.

“Taking expiration dates with a pinch of salt.”

When you come across forgotten food in your fridge, freezer or pantry, is your first impulse to chuck it? If so, the USDA guidelines say chances are much of your food may still be good.
What You Can Do: Share tips like these with family and roommates so your entire household is on the same page; follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to join the conversation.

“No longer worrying about getting sued.”

Some stores may be hesitant to donate excess goods because of a misconception around food safety and risk. The truth is, in 1996 President Clinton signed into law The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which protects food donors who act in good faith.
What You Can Do: Encourage your local grocery store to join our Grocer’s Against Hunger program; talk to your local leaders and representatives about positive food policy change.

“Address our relationship with food waste.”

We asked our executive director, “If you could ask our readers to do one thing right now, what would it be?” Glenn’s response was brief but powerful: “Eat those veggies in your fridge!”
What You Can Do: Sign up for Philabundance’s monthly e-newsletter to continue learning how you can improve your relationship with food and help our hungry neighbors in need.

Want to make an even bigger impact on hunger? Donate today and Philabundance will ensure your funds go directly towards supporting our neighbors in need.

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