Leftovers can be sticky business. They're sometimes tolerated, potentially reheated, never really enjoyed and more often wasted. Waste is something we see on a daily basis and usually ignore. It's everywhere, overflowing from our trash cans and filling our landfills nationwide amounting to 133 billion pounds (that's right I said "billion pounds") of waste every year according to the USDA.
Spoon UIUC teamed up with Food & Wine magazine to increase awareness about the problem of food waste on our campus. With a microgrant of just under $100, we created 10 original recipes to show you how you can transform leftover late-night eats into something equally amazing the next day.
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We believe the US can do better than wasting $161 billion in uneaten food per year. And change can start with us, right now, on every college campus with small changes in our habits that will have a transcending impact—like promising to utilize all of our takeout leftovers.