Get Involved Spotlight: Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network at Ohio State is a chapter of a national nonprofit organization that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger. Ohio State’s organization collects excess food from Ohio State’s dining halls – such as prepackaged meals, sandwiches, salads, and fruit cups – and delivers it daily to food pantries and shelters around Columbus.

To learn more visit their Instagram: @osufoodrecovery or their website at

Get Involved Spotlight: Know Food Waste

Know Food Waste is a (or KFW) is a group of students at Ohio State working towards reducing, repurposing and educating about food waste on campus. It was founded by three food science students to compel all individuals to think about this topic and to take action.

Know Food Waste was excited to announce a composting  project with Parker Dairy Store. It would be the first café on Ohio State campus to compost front-of-house waste and the findings from our initiative would inform similar composting programs in the future.

To learn more about Know Food Waste visit their Instagram: @knowfoodwaste or visit their website at

Stop Food Waste Day

Stop Food Waste Day is an international day of action to fight food waste, and it is coming up on Wednesday, April 28th. Stop Food Waste Day was launched in 2017 by the organization Compass Group, one of the world’s largest food service companies, and it brings together consumers, corporations, and influencers to bring awareness to the food waste problem and inspire change. On this day, make it a goal to really consider food waste throughout your day, and encourage others to do so as well so we can fight the battle against food waste!

Oh, the Places Food Can Go!

There are many ways in which food can be utilized before it ends up in landfill.

The EPA created the image of the Food Recovery Hierarchy to show all the places food can go that isn’t to a landfill!

For more information you can visit the EPA website at

Ways YOU Can Reduce Food Waste

Food waste reduction can sound tedious, complicated, and inconvenient. Below are some helpful tips on how to reduce food waste in your everyday life that make it simple and easy!

Meal Plan

Did you know Food Waste costs the average consumer $1600 dollars annually? A great way to reduce food waste is by meal planning. By planning out your meals for the week, you’ll be less likely to over purchase at the store and end up throwing out the unused food at the end of the week

Utilize Leftovers

Make too much food for the night? That’s alright! Saving your leftovers in microwave safe containers is a great and convenient way to reduce food waste. You can have that delish meal for lunch the next day by just tossing it in the microwave and enjoying at work or at home.

Fruits and Veggies Don’t Have to Be Perfect

The largest category of food waste comes from fruits and veggies. Sometimes this is simply because fruits and vegetables don’t have a long shelf life. However, a large contributor to this is that we as consumers tend to buy the fruit that looks the “prettiest”. If you don’t need your fruit to be a runway star, try shopping at local farmers markets or even picking the lonely apple that may be a little lopsided.


Welcome to Food Waste Reduction and You

Hello and welcome to the Food Waste Reduction and You website. This was created to help bring light to the amount of food waste that the average person produces and some helpful tips on how to reduce food waste in your everyday life!