Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving?
This beautiful fall holiday is full of gratitude for God’s gifts of family, friends, and of course food. Delicious, homemade, turkey, stuffing, yams, and of course pie. (Can’t forget the pie!)
But did you know that in addition to all the yummy goodness it brings, Thanksgiving is also one of the biggest food waste events of the year?
Americans literally toss tons of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more into the trash each year.
As good creation stewards, we can still enjoy God’s bountiful gifts, but we need to be considerate and not blissfully wastewhile we do.
Thankfully we can easily avoid contributing to the Thanksgiving food waste by simply planning well.
Thanksgiving Meal Planning Tips
- Plan your meal in advance
- Also plan your leftovers menu or freezer meals before you shop
- Buy only what guests will reasonably eat on Thanksgiving day and for your planned leftover meal(s)
- Consider donating your leftovers to shelter or plan a gift meal in advance
- Compost your food scraps
- When hosting, ask guests to bring their own reusable take home dishes if they like leftovers
- Make the meal special with nice, reusable tableware and cloth napkins (avoid disposables)
- Invite someone without family nearby who would enjoy a delicious meal with yours
🙏 Let our prayers this Thanksgiving include thanks for his presence and guidance in our lives so that we can be even more pleasing to him in our service.
Find more tips for mealtime success here: Meal Planning Tips
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“Dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si’