Did you know that tons and tons of food gets wasted every year? Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food or roughly ⅓ of the food produced in the world gets wasted. This is sad to hear especially coming from a developing country like the Philippines wherein an estimated 3.1 million families experience involuntary hunger.
One of the venues for food wastage is in our schools wherein we tend to throw away our baon that we don’t want to eat anymore. As students, it is a challenge, therefore, for us to avoid wasting food. So how do we do this? We can start by following these tips:
Take only what you can finish
Ask your parents or guardians to prepare just the right amount of food for your baon. Keep this in mind wherever you go. Whether it be a birthday party or just a simple dinner at home. Only fill your plate with the right amount of food you can finish.
Buy the right portion of the food you like
Similar to the first tip, this is a no-brainer. If you buy only the right amount of the food you actually want to eat, you’ll mostly likely finish it. Remember this when you’re in the cafeteria. This will help you avoid food wastage and help you stretch your savings.
Take your leftover with you
If you have, say, a baon of rice and chicken and you can’t finish eating it, take it with you at home. Just make sure that the food you brought is placed in an airtight container and has not been exposed to the heat of the sun to avoid spoilage. You can reheat your leftover baon and have it for dinner.
Share your food with others
If you can’t finish the sandwich you bought in the cafeteria, don’t throw it away! You can share it with your classmates, friends, or maybe even someone on the street who might be hungry.
Exchange food with your friends
For example, you have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as your baon, and you don’t feel like eating it, but you know it’s your friend’s favorite. Why not ask your friend to exchange their baon with you? This will ensure that the food you brought in school will not go to waste, and you’ll actually end up eating something you like.
Join school initiatives or organizations
Why not join school organizations that have initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle food? You’ll not only help the environment and those in need, but you’ll also most likely gain new friends in the organization.
Avoiding food wastage is a challenge for all of us. It’s one way of showing that we care about the people around us. By starting to avoid food wastage at school, you will make a habit out of it and hopefully you’ll be able to influence others to do the same!