Squatch Food Waste



Making a Meal of It
Making a Meal of It

This past month I had the distinct pleasure of working with multiple groups and stellar individuals to support a community meal, while showcasing the recovered foods and highlighting the businesses supporting the Food Recovery Initiative. Together, around a table at the Van Zandt Community Center, a plan was hatched to test the feasibility of feeding 100 people with recovered foods.

Grinding Gears and Shuttling Rubber
Grinding Gears and Shuttling Rubber

I should have known better than to sell Staci and Craig short! I was blown away with when I learned the lengths they have gone to reduce waste.

All Scrambled Up!
All Scrambled Up!

Honestly, my attitude about leftovers and what to do with them, especially as the third straight day of chili rolled around, hasn’t always been positive. I imagine those stuck in a room with me during this leftover stretch felt the same – hehe.

No Joke!
No Joke!

To help prevent my brain exploding from one more seemingly insurmountable global problem, I am instead reverting to my project management training and thinking in terms of a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis. In the middle of the SWOT acronym is Opportunity, and in the case of wasted food, there is tons of opportunity–literally.

A Full Heart
A Full Heart

Who has inspired me the most isn’t the Executive Directors, the Food Service Managers or people like me managing programs; no it’s the kind souls behind the scenes quietly going about their business with care, commitment, and intention.


How to cook for bitty baby squatches

Little kids are hungry, but often times their eyes are bigger than their tiny tummies! It is a good idea to teach kids how to appreciate their food and reduce waste from a young age. Here’s to the next generation of squatches!   Here is Sustainable Connections 9 tips for cooking with kids. Serve them […]


Food waste happens in the fridge, so use that space wisely!

Did you know that with just a few small steps, you can utilize all the space in your fridge and, in turn, reduce food waste? Pretty neat, huh! Here is our guide to organizing your fridge to help squatch waste!   8 organizational tips to help reduce waste borne from an unorganized refrigerator! Temperature control […]


The smart shoppers guide to food waste reduction

Did you know that you can seriously reduce your waste all by strategically shopping? In case you didn’t, we are here to help you!  Here are 5 tips that can help get you started on smart shopping! Make a list and stick to it! You will be in and out of the store in no […]

30,000 Pounds of Food and 12,000 Meals
30,000 Pounds of Food and 12,000 Meals

The recurring image of edible foods discarded into the compost bin or worse the landfill bin was constantly on my mind and a catalyst for a major initiative I was hoping someday Sustainable Connections as an organization could take on. Other local hunger relief organizations are working hard to collect and deliver non-perishable foods and redistribute them but where a large gap exists is prepared edible foods that need to be redistributed in a much shorter time frame.