Yet Another Way to Prevent Food Waste

At my office, on most days there is some kind of a meeting with leftover food. It usually winds up in one of the kitchen areas for people to randomly find. Some gets eaten, some ends up in the trash. At my office, we also use a chat program for communicating, so I created a chat channel called #free. This has worked great for not just meeting leftovers, but has included some items culled from folks’ pantries at home, personal lunch leftovers, non-food items, and a successful call to eat (or take home for banana bread) the very ripe and spotty bananas in the kitchen one day before they would have been thrown out. This has to be one of the easiest ways to keep food out of the landfill in an office. We’re up to 59 members now who share info on food that needs saving or at least will happily eat some of it. 🙂

Here are just a few of the many recent postings with successfully adopted items:



6 thoughts on “Yet Another Way to Prevent Food Waste

  1. connie.n.w. September 11, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    That is a fantastic idea!! I hope this inspires others who work in offices to do the same 🙂

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  2. Grace McCarter September 11, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Love this idea! There’s not so many people in my machine shop so word of shareable leftovers gets around quickly. We bring in extra cake and such when we have some to share. Sadly, none of it’s vegan unless I bring it in, but everyone else takes care of it, nonetheless.

    That last listing you shared cracked me up. I want to know that story. xD

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    • Deborah Ray September 11, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Grace! (in both senses of the word 😀 )

      The last post mentioned was from one of our newest team members. He went to the nearby supermarket over lunch and picked up some cotton candy grapes. I don’t know who comes up with this stuff, but they look like grapes and the flavor is kind of like cotton candy. Anyhow, he ate his fill and then tried to get others to eat the rest. Most people only ate one grape and got weirded out by it, but fortunately enough people tried it out that they didn’t go to waste. We probably won’t see any more of those for quite a while.

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      • Grace McCarter September 11, 2016 / 3:50 pm

        Woah, that actually sounds pretty rad! I kinda wanna try them now. 😛


      • Deborah Ray September 12, 2016 / 2:29 am

        If you’re interested my coworker bought them from a Whole Foods, but I bet they’re in other stores too. Be prepared to be confused! 😀

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      • Grace McCarter September 12, 2016 / 2:30 am

        Thanks! I guess it’ll have to wait until I’m ready to make the 100 mile trek to Annapolis then. 😯 it’ll be fun to try tho!


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