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October 13 - November 10, 2021
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Katherine Kelly

Katherine's Pride

"Don't talk the talk unless you can walk the walk. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 267 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    23
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Katherine's Actions

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Stick to Your Grocery List

I will only purchase the items on my grocery list and avoid impulse purchases.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Week 2 Focus: Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

I will resist the suggestion to buy the quantity advertised on sale and only buy what I know I will eat.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

My Personal Food Waste Challenge

Eat at home more. Eat out less. This will help my food waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

My Personal Food Waste Challenge

Eat at home more. Eat out less. This will help my food waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Attend Week 1's Workshop

I will attend a free Cooking Matters workshop on October 20th at 6 p.m.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Create a Weekly Meal Plan

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu of meals and ingredients for my household of 2.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style

I will explore different meal plan techniques and choose one that works for my household.

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Planning

Track My Wasted Food

I will track the food that my household of 2 throws out so I can learn what we're wasting and why.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Be Smart About Food Labels

I will learn about food labels and not throw food out just based on date on the package, but instead check the smell and color to see if it has gone bad.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Week 4 Focus: Storage

Learn About Food Storage

I will learn about food storage and store food based on best practices to keep it from spoiling before it is used.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Katherine Kelly 11/11/2021 11:00 AM
    I am proud of myself for attempting this challenge. My family plans to use the information your challenge provided moving forward. Thanks Hennepin County- Stop Food Waste Challenge 2021. I know this challenge took a lot of work to set up and run. I appreciate you. 

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    Katherine Kelly 10/26/2021 5:10 PM
    I am so happy I joined this challenge tonight was Taco night at my house!
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Learn About and Choose a Meal Plan Style
    What meal plan method works for you and why? Have you tried some in the past that didn't work?

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    Katherine Kelly 10/20/2021 5:16 PM
    I believe my meal plan method is a little of everything. Theme night. Fully scheduled. Freezer cooking day.  and left over day.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Attend Week 1's Workshop
    What was your main takeaway from this workshop?

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    Katherine Kelly 10/20/2021 5:13 PM
    I liked all the power point slides, meal plan- check freezer, check pantry and buy staples such as rice and noodles, and the mindful exercise was a nice way to end my day. Yet, my favorite take away from this workshop was the Frittata. 

    I am going to make Frittata this weekend for quick and easy breakfast meals next week.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Create a Weekly Meal Plan
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money? How has meal planning helped you avoid waste?

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    Katherine Kelly 10/20/2021 8:55 AM
    No. sadly, this waste doesn't surprise me.  I would rather use the money to  buy my growing son bigger clothes and to go visit my mother. My mother would meal plan when I was younger. Now as an adult with a family I understand the importance of meal planning. This week the meal plan helped me save food waste as we made a plan before going into the grocery store. Once inside the store we stuck to what was on our list. Planning for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, pizza night, Ect. will assist our family with our food waste goals.
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Planning Track My Wasted Food
    What did you find you are tossing the most? How can you change your habits to avoid wasting this food?

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    Katherine Kelly 10/20/2021 8:45 AM
    We tossed condiments of cream cheese and hummus. My house can buy less of these items, not buy these items or commit to using the items in full before we buy the condiments.

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    Katherine Kelly 10/20/2021 8:05 AM
    Hello October! I am so excited to be a part of this challenge to see where my house is with food waste, the skills we can learn, and how I can manage my food  waste to save money and eat more of the food we buy. :)