October 16 is World Food Day, a day dedicated to reflecting on the issue of worldwide hunger. Did you know that of the 850 million people in the world who are hungry, as many as 50 million of them live right here in the U.S.? There is more than enough food in the world that no one ever needs to go hungry. Yet, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted.
Glad Products Company is committed to raising awareness around the issue of food waste. This October, Glad is inviting everyone to join them in taking a stand against global hunger. Showing your love for food more and wasting it less at home will help reduce food waste around the globe. On average, American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. That comes out to approximately $1,500 wasted each year. And with 50 million Americans going hungry at night, we can all do better.
Protect Your Food
One way is to take steps to protect the food you buy, immediately after you buy it. Take simple steps like storing your washed greens in an airtight container or bag lined with a paper towel to keep it crisp. Or place unused fresh ingredients cut side down, sealing the air out with Glad ClingWrap or Press’n Seal by it pressing gently into the exposed flesh.
Give it Room
Another great tip: Don’t overcrowd your leftovers when packing them away. It can lead to trapped moisture and, ultimately, mold. Not sure how to best store those filets of beef, chicken, or fish? Wrap each piece separately in ClingWrap then place them all in an airtight bag to store in either the fridge or freezer.Not only will you be preserving the freshness, you’ll also have convenient individual serving sizes.
Know Your Temperatures
Additionally, knowing the proper temperature for storing food will help. Your fridge should be set at or below 40 degrees F – no warmer – to help keep food fresh for as long as possible.
This World Food Day, helping reduce world hunger is as easy as using your cell phone. Simply, post a food photo in black and white to your Instagram account with #GladtoShare. For every picture posted during the month of October, Glad is donating $1, up to $25,000, to Free the Children – an international charity and education partner dedicated to promoting sustainable models in developing countries and raising hunger awareness.