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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Gabby Byrne, Thurston County Solid Waste at (360) 867-2284 or ByrneG@co.thurston.wa.us

Get the Scoop on Wasting Less Food with Documentary Premiere on MSNBC
Award-winning film "Just Eat It" to air Earth Day, Apr. 22

Looking for the perfect evening activity for Earth Day? Tune in to MSNBC at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 to watch the U.S. television premiere of the award-winning documentary called "Just Eat It—A Food Waste Story."

The expose on the billions of dollars in food that's wasted each year in North America follows filmmakers Jenn Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin as they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

According to Rustemeyer, the easiest thing an individual can do is "only take as much food as you're going to eat on your dinner plate and make sure you finish it. It's so simple, you'll save money. You don't have to give up anything or change your diet or anything like that."

If the shocking facts and colorful stories from "Just Eat It" inspire you to do more for the planet, your community and your wallet by wasting less food, be sure to check out the Waste Less Food campaign sponsored by the Thurston County Solid Waste Division. Just go to www.WasteLessFood.com to learn the facts on the food we waste and get the tips, tricks and know-how to waste less food and save more money.

Don't worry, there's no need to dumpster dive like filmmaker Grant Baldwin to make a difference you can feel in your wallet. Just a few simple and easy changes to your shopping, cooking and eating habits can put a big dent in the $130-$230 the average American family of four wastes each month on good food that's thrown out:
  • When shopping, choose loose fruit and vegetables over pre-packaged produce to better control the quantity.

  • Use over-ripe fruit for smoothies or sauces, and need-to-be-used-now veggies or scraps for soup or broth.

  • Plan an "eat the leftovers" night each week.

  • Got picky eaters? Getting kids involved in planning meals and preparing foods makes them more likely to eat it.

  • Use clear air-tight containers to store food in the fridge. It will last longer and you can see what's in them.

Want to learn more? Reserve a fun and free group presentation on how to waste less food by contacting Gabby Byrne at ByrneG@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2284.

To watch the U.S. television premiere of "Just Eat It"—a film hailed by critics as eye-opening, smart, snappy, compelling and inspiring—tune in to MSNBC on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
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Carolina Mejia
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District 2

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District 3