An astonishing 130 billion of pounds of food is wasted every year and the most wasted are nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains (United States Environmental Protection Agency). To get the conversation started, post these graphics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or use these animations to help educate people on the scope of the problem while also providing ways we can start to combat food waste.
Quaker has partnered with the James Beard Foundation (JBF) to inspire people to re-think the power of the oat, and to identify ways we can recover more of our food, while discovering nutritious, delicious ways to eat through the More Taste, Less Waste campaign. The campaign kicked off with a contest that asked JBF’s network of culinary professionals to create recipes that use Quaker Oats as a foundation for ‘recovering foods’ that might be wasted and ‘discovering’ creative ways to get the most nutrition out of every bite we eat.
By getting creative in the kitchen and tapping into the nutrition power of the oat, we can all contribute to reducing food waste and food insecurity, especially during the holiday season when, on average, people waste 5 million pounds of food between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (NRDC). In fact:
To get you and your shoppers started on reducing food waste, plan a cooking demo highlighting how consumers can utilize the oats in their pantry as a blank canvas to creating a nutritious meal. Here are a few ideas:
If you’re looking for additional inspiration in the kitchen, you can find more recipe ideas on Quaker’s Pinterest board.