Join the Spring 2020 Rethink Food Waste Challenge!

Join over 700 households who have taken the challenge!

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we are bringing you a FREE home challenge to reduce your household’s wasted food. This interactive challenge (May 11 – June 7) will help you understand what is going to waste in your own household with tips and tricks on how to reduce that wasted food. You’ll learn why it’s an important topic and what people around the globe are doing to help combat this enormous problem. And we have $1,000 worth of prizes to give away.

Want to sign up?

Find the sign-up form here. You must be a Deschutes County resident to be eligible for prizes, but anyone can take the challenge. Questions? Send them to: ani AT EnviroCenter.org

Why does wasted food matter?

Wasting food has social, financial, and environmental implications. Especially now during this pandemic, food insecurity is a real and tangible and GROWING issue for many of us. Over the course of the challenge, you will learn many things about the state of wasted food. For starters, did you know that 40% of the food that is grown to be eaten in the US ends up not being eaten? Yet in Deschutes County, 1 in 6 people is food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from?

What do I have to do?

  1. As a household, you will collect your wasted food (everything that was at one time edible — not eggshells and onion skins) in a lidded bucket.
  2. At the end of each week, you will weigh or measure your wasted food.
  3. Then you will enter the data into an online form, which will also enter you into the weekly prize drawing.
  4. After you measure your food waste for the week, you don’t have to save it. Compost it!
  5. The challenge lasts for 4 weeks starting May 11.
  6. Each week you will receive emails learning tips and tricks to reduce your wasted food.

Ok. What do I need?

  1. A bucket or container in which you can collect your food waste. One with a lid is nice to keep in any odors.
  2. A kitchen scale would be nice, but you can also record your waste by volume.

That’s it, really.

What’s in it for you?

We have $1,000 worth of prizes that we’ll be giving away including two $250 grand prizes in farm bucks good for a local farm (TBD).