AMES, Iowa — Getting more food into the hands of consumers is the goal behind a new publication from Iowa State University.

Authored by Iowa State graduate Cassandra Britt, the publication explores some of the practical and creative ways of reducing food waste while potentially reducing hunger.

About 40 percent of the food produced in the United States each year is either left to decompose in the field or taken to a landfill, according to the publication, “Reducing food waste in agricultural settings: A guide for residents of Polk, Story, and surrounding counties.”

Britt examines topics like the legality of food donations, tax benefits, food donation sites, recipes for cooking and preservation, and a popular phone app called “ChowBank,” which allows those in central Iowa to pair with organizations that can take excess food.

Other regions of Iowa are doing similar projects, according to Courtney Long, food systems program manager with Farm, Food and Enterprise Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

This article was submitted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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