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don’t let good food go to waste

Sometimes we’ve cached away one too many cans of spaghetti sauce and we just can’t bear making it yet again! Donate foods that are still good to families in need through one of the many local hunger relief agencies instead of letting it go to waste. 

In fact, if 500 people donated just 3lbs. of food once a quarter (that’s about three cans), it would be enough to make 5,000 meals –  feeding 35 families per month. 

best items to donate

Items near expiration that are nutrient dense and shelf stable

  • Proteins: canned tuna, chicken, and salmon
  • Whole grain boxed cereal
  • Nut butters
  • Shelf stable milk products

Avoid donating sodas, sweets, and snacks. These are already donated in large amounts by commercial businesses and hunger relief agencies have an overabundance. 

how to prep

Packaged food should be donated in its original, unopened packaging with ingredient labels. If bulk food staples such as flour, sugar, dry beans, or dry grains are re-packaged for donation the common name should be written clearly on each container. 

prepared foods

Except for baked goods; like bread, cookies, and pies, hunger relief agencies cannot accept food prepared in a home kitchen. Instead, prepared foods for donation should be created in either a hunger relief agency kitchen or a commercial food business kitchen, like a restaurant. 

local hunger relief agencies

Bellingham Food Bank

360-676-0392
1824 Ellis St.

Mon & Fri: 11:30 AM-3:00 PM, Wed: 1:00-6:00 PM

info@bellinghamfoodbank.org
Website

Nooksack tribal food bank

360-592-0135
2515 Sulwhanon Dr.
Everson

Foothills Food Bank

6210 Mt. Baker Hwy
St. Peter’s Church

Website

Blaine food bank

360-332-6350
500 C St.

Tu e s & F r i : 9:00AM-12:00PM Wed:5:00-7:00PM

Website

Lighthouse Mission

910 W Holly St.
Bellingham

Website

pledge to squatch food waste.

We can each do a little to help!  We have a goal of gathering 500 pledges from the community. Together, we’ll go a long way towards squatching food waste. 

 

Choose one of three pledges, or pick them all! Start meal planning, create an ‘eat first’ section in your fridge, or donate soon to expire foods to a local hunger relief agency.

Thank you to our sustainable business development sponsors

 

 

Gold Sponsors

Recycling & Disposal Services
Samson Rope

Silver Sponsors

Healthy Pet
Puget Sound Energy
Itek Energy

Bronze Sponsors

The Squatch Waste Campiagn is also funded through a grant from the Department of Ecology.