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Prevent. Donate. Compost.
Oregon’s love of food runs deep. The evidence is all around us—in restaurants, cafes and diners that pride themselves on high-quality, fresh ingredients. But to truly cherish food, we have a responsibility to stop wasting it.
Food production and preparation require tremendous resources including farmland, clean water and air, labor and energy. Yet millions of tons of food is wasted each year.
As food professionals, you have the power to eliminate significant amounts of waste. You can order just the right amount, use it from tip to tail and root to leaf, show your colleagues and your customers what’s possible—and delicious. If you find yourself with surplus food, donation may be an option. And be sure to compost the scraps.
Reducing food waste protects Oregon’s natural resources for future generations and can help your bottom line. Explore Food Waste Stops with Me to learn more about how you can reduce food waste.
Food Waste Stops with Me is a collaboration between Metro, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, as well as city and county governments to help food service businesses reduce food waste.