As Americans, we throw out 40 percent of the food we produce. An average family loses nearly $1,500 per year through food waste. When we throw away organic materials in the trashcan, those materials release greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.
According to research from Feeding America, approximately 3,030 Routt County residents, or 13 percent, are food insecure. Each year, 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is thrown away.
Many of our neighbors, co-workers and friends here in Routt County do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. They are food insecure.
Despite Steamboat’s epic winters, the more I talk with people in this community, the more I think spring is one of the most popular seasons in the Yampa Valley.
One of my all-time favorite things to do with my kids during the summer is visit the weekly Saturday Farmers Market.
The issue of food waste doesn’t start in our refrigerator. It is complex and occurs along every step of the food chain.
Kids are pretty good at identifying which foods are good for them and which are not. However, when it comes to selecting which foods to eat, kids generally opt for what they already know that they like. Telling kids about how foods go to work in different parts of their bodies can be a good strategy to get them to try new healthy foods.
Whether you live to eat, or eat to live, food is necessary and a significant part of our daily life. The choices we make in what we eat not only have obvious implications for our health, but also impact our environment, economy and community in general.
In response to a recent study, which revealed that 84 percent of children start the school day in a state of mild dehydration, as well as local anecdotal evidence supporting this statistic, wellness efforts in the Hayden and South Routt School Districts have included a focus on hydration.0
Where do you go if you need food in Routt County? Where do you go if you want to learn how to garden at high elevations, how to buy local food, how to eat healthy, how to teach your child where their food comes from, how to make our food economy more sustainable and how to learn about food rescue and what to do with food waste?
Last month, I wrote an article inviting the community to take the SNAP challenge for up to seven days with my husband and me. The challenge was to consume no more than $4.50 worth of food or beverages per person per day.
When was the last time you had a school lunch? I have memories of “mystery” meats, gloppy potatoes and jello — not super appetizing to look at or eat. That is not the experience you would have if you ate in the cafeterias of any school district in Routt County.
We are fortunate to have Lift-Up of Routt County, which provides emergency food assistance to almost 2,000 individuals each year at its three sites (Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat Springs). Thanks to the generous support of our community (churches, grocers, individuals), their food bank shelves stay stocked.
It's worth the effort to cook at home versus eating out.
Nutrition and price add up to the real cost of fast food.