Many people often dispose of a lot of important stuff when they move, notably food, while having the best of intentions. When debating whether to visit the neighborhood food bank, convenience and a lack of time frequently win out, which causes a lot of wonderful, sustainable food to go to waste.
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We comprehend that it might be challenging to find extra time during the hectic weeks and days preceding a move. However, you can avoid wasting food with a little forward preparation.
Here are some suggestions for using or donating the food you have left over from packing.
1. Assess what you have
Determine what you have. Take out a notebook and a pen, and start to list your items. Sort your products into a variety of categories such as:
- Canned goods
- Baking and cooking supplies
- Anything in glass bottles
Write down the expiration date of each or how long will it still be edible.
2. Create a plan
You will then need to determine what to do with everything. Draw attention to the high and low priorities on your list. Decide then what you should try to eat before relocating and what you should donate or throw away.
3. Eat the perishables
Make it a mission for everyone to think of creative ways to prepare the leftover food you have in your refrigerator. Here are some suggestions for what to do with your food:
- Making a pot of chili
- Stir fry
- Pasta dishes
- Breakfast meals for dinner
- Rice and veggies
4. Pack what you will be bringing with you
Keep in mind to use small to medium-sized moving boxes as you start to pack your groceries. Large moving boxes can become too heavy to manage and/or risk damaging the contents if they are overstuffed with belongings.
Rather than trying to fit everything into a single large box, prefer to use more smaller boxes.
5. Donate non-perishables
If there are any non-perishable, non-expired things that you don’t want to bring with you, like canned goods, rice, and pasta, you should donate them to a nearby food bank. Either pack them yourself and deliver them or have your moving company take care of them for you.
6. Share with your friends and neighbors
Are there still fresh produce and fruit in the refrigerator? Be kind to your neighbors and friends. We can assure you that there are many individuals who can and will complete the meal, whether you can’t possibly eat one more leftover or just don’t have the time.
7. Prepare food for moving day
Lastly, don’t ignore the importance of moving day itself! It is likely that at some point while planning and packing for a move, you will grow hungry.
A few agents will pick up your donations when you move and deliver them to the neighborhood food bank. To see if they can assist you, get in touch with such an agency.