Former Trader Joe’s CEO opens up nonprofit grocery that turns typical food waste into nutritious meals and groceries at an affordable price!

Lynn Griffith
Former Trader Joe’s CEO opens up nonprofit grocery that turns typical food waste into nutritious meals and groceries at an affordable price!
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One of the biggest issues in agriculture today is how we are going to feed 9 billion people by 2050.  Experts estimate that we would need to grow 60 percent more food than is currently produced today.  As a result of this push, we have GMO crops, pesticides, herbicides, additives, and preservatives to speed up growth cycles, increase production, and preserve food. (1)

Save $2,000 per year by cutting down your family food waste!

What many may be missing is that in the United States, nearly half of the food produced ends up in the garbage.  Global food waste is nearly 50 percent, as developing nations struggle with their food spoiling, and Western nations throw out edible food. (1)

According to the National Resources Defense Council, the average American trashes $43 worth of food monthly or approximately 20 pounds of food per family.  This results in nearly $2,000 worth of food thrown in the garbage per year for a family of four. (2)

Ex Trader Joe’s CEO opens nonprofit grocery store to sell surplus or aging food!

Ex-CEO of Trader Joe’s found himself disgusted by this problem and opened Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery store in Boston.  Daily Table has shelves full of surplus or aging food.  You can buy canned vegetables for $0.50 apiece and a dozen eggs for 99 cents. (3)

Trader Joe’s is not yet donating to Daily Table, but the plan is to get surplus supplies from them as well.  Former Trader Joe’s, CEO, Doug Rauch, explains that he was frustrated with the amount of edible and nutritious food that was tossed into the dumpsters just because of a sell by date.  Rauch had to fight critics who believed he was dumping food that was rejected by the rich and then sold to the poor.  Rauch reported that millions of people cannot afford to eat well, and the food being discarded could help a family. (3)

For just $30, one customer was able to buy enough groceries to feed his family for one week.  Daily Table is also fixing prepared meals on a rotating menu depending on donations. (3)

Tips to save money and cut your household food waste

Every consumer can do their part to cut their food waste and save money.  Follow these tips when shopping, storing and preparing food in order to cut your food budget:

  • Only buy what you can eat!  Make a list of meals for the week beforehand and avoid buying perishables in bulk.
  • Used by and sell by dates are not federally regulated, meaning they don’t necessarily indicate whether your food is spoiled or edible.
  • Use a marker board or notepad and keep track of what supplies are in your refrigerator, then rank items that need to be consumed first.
  • Place leftovers in plain sight and reuse these for lunch or add to other meals.
  • If you can’t use what you bought before it goes bad, freeze it!
  • Just because your produce is ugly, doesn’t mean it’s not tasty!  Cut it, dice it or juice it, but don’t toss it.
  • Let your goal be an empty fridge as you head back to the grocery store! (2)

Sources for this article include:
(1) modernfarmer.com
(2) www.thedailybeast.com
(3) www.npr.org

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