March: It’s National Nutrition Month®

About 31 percent of all edible food is wasted in the U.S., and American households throw away nearly 28 percent of fruits and vegetables.  Food is the number one source of solid waste in American landfills. Food waste is not only bad for the environment, but it also means wasted money for your family.
"Far too often, good food goes bad before we get the chance to eat it," says registered dietitian Holly VanHeel, Nutrition & Wellness Specialist. "Before going to the grocery store, check inside your refrigerator, pantry and freezer. Eat what you already have at home before buying more." 
Once you have your hard-earned food supplies at home, be sure to date your food as you place it in the refrigerator or freezer.  Not sure the best way to store your food items?  Smart phone users can download a free app called the FoodKeeper App.  This app was created by the USDA, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute in 2015.  It can help you understand how different storing methods affect a product’s shelf life. In addition, the application can remind you to use items before they are likely to spoil.  

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