Wasted food not only fills up landfills, but it can also eat into your household budget. The problem of food waste in the U.S.—and in the world—is huge. Restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, farmers, and even households throw out tons of uneaten food. In fact, estimates have shown that around 133 BILLION tons of food—most of which could be eaten—are wasted every year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a family of four wastes up to $1,500 each year! All because most of the food that doesn’t look good visually gets thrown away, even though it’s still tasty and healthy.
Luckily, initiatives to reduce waste have been popping up all over the country. In 2013, 100 restaurants in New York City participated in the first Food Waste Challenge, a citywide effort to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Here in the Boston area, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a nonprofit organization, “rescues” healthy, fresh food from being thrown away and distributes it to other community nonprofits. The problem recently received national-level attention: last year, for the first time ever, the government set a national target to reduce food waste.
One local store is taking this goal to heart. Daily Table, a not-for-profit retail store in Dorchester, opened its doors last June with a mission that’s two-fold: first, to improve the health of local residents by making fresh, nutritious food available to all and second, to reduce the amount of wasted food and its impact on the environment!
Daily Table works with a large network of local supermarkets, farmers, and other suppliers who donate their excess, fresh food to the store – that’s how they keep prices low. The Daily Table team, including former grocery store executives and trained nutritionists and chefs, only sell what they would buy themselves. Plus, they pay extra attention to ensure that all the items they receive and meals they prepare are fresh and healthy.
The store really takes its mission to heart and is dedicated to serving the local community. In fact, membership is FREE and all you need to provide is your name and zip code to take advantage of the fresh and affordable items.
Daily Table has seen early success, and the team has already announced plans to expand to other Boston neighborhoods. So if you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to check it out—or wait for one to open in a neighborhood near you!
Daily Table Location:
450 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
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(Image courtesy of Daily Table)