"Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind." ~Proverbs 21:5, The Message
"Waste not, want not" is drilled into my head. But I must confess, I do my share of wasting perfectly good food. My weekly chore of cleaning out the refrigerator and the food cupboards is a sobering testament to this fact. The uneaten produce, bread, and dairy products that make their way into my trash can is disheartening. My entire household agrees with me. It's time to stop the waste. But how?
For the next month, we are going to conduct an experiment in our home. Every uneaten food item that feeds our trash can instead of our stomachs is going on a list. Also on the list will be the dollar value of what is thrown away. At the end of the month, we are going to add up the total amount spent on food that is discarded. This amount will be deducted from next month's food budget and will go to feeding the homeless.
I am hoping a lot of good will come out of this experiment. We will get a more tangible picture of the amount of food we are wasting. Hopefully, we will become more organized in our food and menu planning. We will likely be more frugal in our food budget. And we will use this as an opportunity to bless those who aren't afforded the luxury of such waste.
Just some food for thought.
"As a race we claim the name homo sapiens (the wise ones), when in truth we are the opposite. No other creature on the planet has so devastated its resources or squandered its treasures with utter abandon. We claim to be so superior to lesser life forms when in reality we are so stupid...Animals, creatures of incredible charm, elegance, grace and devotion, are a lower order than we. Still they have qualities which often put us to shame. They exhibit attitudes of restraint and patience and loyalty that move us deeply." ~W. Phillip Keller