Wish-packing and other school lunch mishaps

By now, kids that are going back to school are back, and all across the U.S., school lunches are once again being packed in the morning. And, at the end of the day, being unpacked and dumped into the garbage (or hopefully compost!). Now the time you took to carefully pack a meal and the […]

Where does the food go?

In our last blog post, we answered the question “where does the food come from?” In this post we answer another common question — where does the food go?  When we started making meals in January, about 50 people from the community were already coming to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church to pick up a box […]

Where does the food come from?

When you’re making 1,000 meals a week from donated food, one of the biggest questions is, “where does all that food come from?” The simple answer is, everywhere! Just about everyone who works in the food system finds themselves with extra now and then. Farms, retailers, distributors, food producers — you name it. What makes […]

What about our waste?

How does an event called “Make Food Not Waste” handle its own waste? Thanks to partners in the community, we’ll be composting food scraps, napkins, and plates and recycling the utensils. One of those partners is Maria Marin, president and CEO/Founder of Unlimited Recycling. We asked Maria about her support of Make Food Not Waste […]

Use it, don’t lose it

We’ve all been there — checking the date on a carton of eggs, a ketchup bottle, a packet of meat and realizing that the date has passed. In the bin, it goes. After all, no one wants to eat expired food!  It turns out that those dates aren’t actually expiration dates. Which is great news […]

This Labor Day, thank a farmer

This is my Papa, Frank DiMuzio, Sr. He was a vegetable farmer in New Jersey back when farms defined the state’s moniker, the Garden State. For me, it’s the greenhouse that I remember most. And to this day, the smell of warm tomatoes takes me right back to being with him. He was a softy […]

Power out

Stronger storms can mean more power outages. Here are a few tips on what to do if it happens to you: Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.  If the door stays closed, food will stay safe for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator and up to 48 hours in […]

Making Michigan’s climate healthy

In 2020, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order for Michigan to become carbon neutral by 2050. Included in this order was also a target of a 28% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. The MI Healthy Climate plan is being put together to guide how we will get there. And when we heard that, we […]

Kiesling Detroit cocktail kits highlight waste-free mixing

Our friends at Kiesling Detroit offer a range of to-go cocktail kits that are a fun way to follow along with the cooking series. Buy one here! Here’s what they had to say about their operations:  As a craft cocktail bar during the time of COVID-19, we are learning a whole new type of service […]

Introducing the chefs

Chef Phil Jones has been part of Make Food Not Waste since planning began in August 2017. To the few that may not know Chef Phil, he is a generous, tireless advocate for food sovereignty, food justice, and food security who happens to cook amazing food. Chef Phil has inspired a group of local chefs […]