Get smart! See how much food and money you are throwing away.

In fall 2015, 14 Mac-Grove families participated in a 6 week long challenge to reduce the amount of food they waste at home. On average, they reduced their food waste by 16% !

Take the challenge at home: MGCC now has FOOD: TOO GOOD TO WASTE kits you can check-out at our office! The kits have everything you need to start measuring your family's wasted food and to start trying new habits. Interested? Email

How it works: Each week for 6 weeks, you'll measure how much food your family wastes - including moldy peaches, forgotten leftovers and shriveled tomatoes. You'll also try new tools and ideas for reducing food waste in your home.

Taking the challenge at home? Check out these great resources!

Challenge Guidelines & FAQ
Challenge Worksheet
Understanding "Sell By" and "Use By" Dates
Mac-Grove Organics Recycling Drop-off Site

Weeks 1 & 2: Get Smart! Find out how much food and money you're throwing away

Week 1: Pop Quiz
Week 2: Food waste in the news (click to watch clip)
Recipes: 8 Smart uses for not-so-great apples

Week 3: Smart Saving: Eat what you buy

How to use // Make it your own

Week 4: Smart Shopping: Buy what you need

TOOL: MEALS IN MIND shopping list template
How to use
Recipes: Leftover Deli-Roasted Chicken Soup//Lots of other food waste recipes

Week 5: Smart Prep: Prep now, eat later + Smart Storage: Keep fruits and vegetables fresh

TOOLS: SMART STORAGE guide // Eureka Recycling's A-Z storage guide
How to use
6 ways to make your food last longer//(click to watch video clip)
18 Make-ahead snacks and meals to eat healthy without even trying
20 Foods you didn't you could freeze (video clip)

Week 6: Do what works best for you!

TOOLS: Use whichever tools you like best! Aim for 0 food waste this week.
Love your leftovers - 4 ideas for meal planning

Fact: The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month. MGCC, with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and EPA Region 5, is sharing resources designed to help you reduce the amount of food you waste. During the self-guided challenge, you'll use tools for smart planning and reducing wasted food at home. Why does reducing wasted food matter? Check out this short video.