Food waste across America is rampant. 40% of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten. 31% of available food at the retail and consumer level gets wasted. This food waste also increases methane gas emissions in our landfills. With an increased interest in sustainability, there is a big push to reduce waste globally, but there is a ton of work to be done – literally.
Here at the Schaumburg community garden, we are working hard to do our part. With the cooler weather pushing in, it is now time to clean and winterize our community garden. As part of the process, many of the Schaumburg community gardeners have offered the last of their harvest to those in need, where the fresh vegetables have been greatly appreciated. Some of our gardeners have been generously donating all summer long. This season we have donated over 31 pounds of fresh produce. Last week, donations went to the Food Pantry at the Schaumburg Township . Their food pantry provides groceries to any resident of Schaumburg that is in need.
If you would like to participate in efforts to reduce food waste in your home, it’s as simple as finding the nearest food pantry. Many have regular drop off hours. We also encourage residents of the university to minimize their food waste as much as possible. For more information on this and other sustainability efforts at Roosevelt University, contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate for the Schaumburg campus at email@example.com.