Food: Too Good To Waste

From the environmental protection agency

Food: Too Good to Waste is an innovative community food waste prevention tool that was designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with input from the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum. The toolkit, which has been linked to a 25% reduction in household wasted food, is made up of simple strategies and tips to help individuals and families prevent wasted food at home.

See below to learn how to prevent food waste at home by making simple shifts in how you shop, store, and prepare food.

You can save money and reduce food waste by making small shifts in how you shop, store, and prepare food.

Take the Challenge: Keep good food from going to waste by taking the Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge in your own home.

Download the challenge instructions to get started.

Additional Resources

Learn more about getting your community started with Food: Too Good to Waste.

o Download the Implementation Guide.

o See what other communities are doing.

Read the pilot findings and background documents.

Did you take the challenge or use any of these resources? We want to hear about it!

Email the program at

When you waste less, you have more to give!

Smart Storage: Keep fruits and vegetables fresh We waste fresh fruits and vegetable most often. Store fruits and vegetables for maximum freshness; they’ll taste better and last longer, helping you to eat more of them. Learn which fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer inside or outside the fridge with our storage guide.

Smart Prep: Prep now, eat later Prepare perishable foods soon after shopping. It will be easier to whip up meals later in the week, saving time, effort, and money.

Smart Saving: Eat what you buy Be mindful of old ingredients and leftovers you need to use up. Move food that’s likely to spoil soon to the front of a shelf or designated “eat now” area. Download the Eat Me First prompt.

Get Smart: See how much food (and money!) you’re really throwing away The first step to reducing food waste and creating lasting awareness is to actually measure how much food you’re throwing away.

Download the measurement tool.

Smart Shopping: Buy what you need By simply making a list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money, time, and eat healthier food. If you buy no more than what you expect to use, you will be more likely to keep it fresh and use it all.

Download the shopping list tool.