Across America, 40 percent of all food is allowed to expire or rot. A typical American family buys more than $2,000 in food that is never eaten.

Discussion at your dinner table: 

What happens to leftovers in your house?


If you had not eaten a good meal in days or weeks, would you do things differently?


What creative ways could you reuse the leftovers from tonight’s meal?

Extra challenge: 

Play “The Pantry Game.” Go as many days as possible using food already in the cupboards and refrigerator. Try not to purchase additional items at the store. Make soup with leftover vegetables, rice, pasta, beans or meat. Salads are also a great way to clear out the fridge. Clearly mark leftovers so they won’t be forgotten at the back of the fridge.

Consider donating some of the money you save to provide meals for people experiencing homelessness. Each $2.05 in food you use instead of going to waste will provide a good, hot meal at Everett Gospel Mission!


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