Stop Food Waste Day 2020!! - CulinArt Group

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Stop Food Waste Day 2020!!

April 29th, 2020 is Stop Food Waste Day! A global issue, food waste has negative implications on our environment, society, and economies. Did you know

  • 33% of all food produced is wasted each year which equates to $1.2 trillion dollars worth of food annually.
  • If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emission producing country in the world
  • Almost 50% of all fruit and vegetables produced around the globe is wasted every year-this is equivalent to almost 4 trillion apples!
  • If 25% of the food that is currently lost or wasted was saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people worldwide.

Educated consumers can tremendously influence how we farm, produce, buy, store, and use food. Use these tips next time you shop for groceries and prepare meals to help make a big impact on reducing food waste.

  1. Make a List – A family of four loses around $1,500 each year by wasting food. When grocery shopping, take inventory of what you already have, what you need, and only purchase what you know you will use.
  2. Use your Freezer – Each of us discards nearly 300 pounds. Leftover meals, bread, fruits, and vegetables can all be frozen to extend their freshness and safety while avoiding the garbage pail!
  3. Conserve Water – Wasting a pound of beef is equivalent running the shower for over 3 hours! The longer meat is left out at room temperature, the faster it will spoil. Always shop for meat, poultry, and seafood last and store them in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible.
  4. Revive your Veggies – Soaking vegetables in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes can revive wilted leaves. Vegetables that cannot be restored can still be used in cooked dishes like sautés or stir frys.
  5. Over Cooked isn’t Over for Good – Blending overcooked vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes or carrots together with stocks, milk, or cream make for delicious soups or sauces.
  6. Less Air = Less Freezer Burn – When storing bread, always squeeze excess air out of bags or containers to prevent freezer burn. While it is harmless, freezer burn affects taste.
  7. Don’t go Bananas – Brown or spotted bananas are fine to eat. Cut away bruised parts and consume the remaining bananas. Peeled bananas can be frozen and make a great addition to smoothies. Very brown bananas are optimal for baking breads and muffins.
  8. Waste Less with Kids – Serve children smaller portions. Studies show many children have to try a food up to 15 times until they accept it; increase portions when children enjoy the food.

Join CulinArt in raising awareness of this global crisis and make small but impactful changes that reduce food waste around the world!

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  • April 29, 2020

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“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“Just want to take a moment to thank you for running such a great kitchen. It’s been a huge benefit to have such a delicious and various assortment of foods to choose from, all without having to leave the building. I’m always amazed at the daily variety and the quality of food that is offered. The cafeteria has made my food choices as easy as can be.”

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“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“Just a note to let you know that you ROCK! You always pour yourself into [The] Webb [Schools] to make the dining experience the very best it can be. I’ve been hearing such positive things about the food quality this year – something I hope you feel really good about. And it is times like this with the Coronavirus that leaders truly emerge. You have been unbelievably accommodating in making last minute changes to how we serve, etc. and all else we do in the dining hall and I just want you to know how much I deeply appreciate your devotion to this special community. You are a key part of it – you model beautifully the very best of Webb. So thank you!!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

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