NEBRASKA CITY – Keep Nebraska City Beautiful is making food waste conservation one its top goals for 2019.
Sally Dubois said the statewide organization led by Jane Polson is joining the federal government’s call to cut food waste in half by 2030.
Dubois advocates consumer education campaigns to reduce the 400,000 pounds of food Nebraskans discard each year.
Dubois: “We want to get out into groups like the Rotary, the Jaycees, Christian mother groups and talk to them about how they can start at home by reusing stuff, checking labels – what does that expiration date really mean? – and stuff like that so we can save all the food we throw away.”
Keep Nebraska Beautiful’s ReFresh newsletter says expiration dates on labels do not necessarily reflect food safety, but the manufacturer’s time limits on when the food is likely to be perceived as fresh.
Keep Nebraska City Beautiful listed 172 volunteers for the Great American Clean Up and the Crayola recycling program at schools as success in 2018.
Organization President Patty Coates presented city commissioners with a plaque in appreciation of the city’s support.