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Cartoon character stirring a broth made from recovered veggies.

You've made a plan. You've followed through.

Now, what about the leftovers?Or those bananas that are looking maybe a little brown?

Or, what can you do with other excesses at where you work or perhaps your restaurant?

Embrace your creativity!

Below are ways help you cook creatively to use those leftovers and imperfect foods. Turn those bruised apples into beautiful pies. Turn the vegetable ends and chicken bones into stock.

And you create opportunity for your neighbors in need by donating what's possible.

Here's some resources to help.

Use what you have

Save the Food Recipe Guide (NRDC)

  • The Natural Resource Defense Council's guide on using up the leftovers, food past its prime, and kitchen scraps

Amazing Waste (UW-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies)

  • Recipe book from 2016 created by two UW-Madison students

There are many online resources as well, including paid services like Ends+Stems, that can help you use all that you buy.


donate food

Before donating, always check with where you want to donate before taking items to them.

Dane County Food Pantry Network  (Community Action Coalition)

  • A long list of possible food donation and pantry locations in the Madison area.

Healthy Food for All - Dane County

  • A community-based food recovery organization where prepared foods are cleaned and repackaged for distribution.

Badger Prairie Needs Network

  • Pantry and food recovery organization in Verona.

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