A Conversation with Jesse Hocker - Business Excellence, Consumer Engagement

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What got you involved in stopping food waste?

Believe it or not, it was watching an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  He did a fantastic show about the impact of food waste, the misconceptions around donating food and how easy it is to make a change.   It is definitely must-see television for anyone who is interested in getting involved.  His piece was well-written with staggering numbers and a really simple directive: Go do something about it! Luckily for me, I work in the industry for a great company and with amazing colleagues that are willing to be part of the solution!

How do you reduce food waste at home in your kitchen?

The secret is shopping at regular intervals and ALWAYS making a list.  I also look at my calendar to make certain that when I am traveling the refrigerator is bare.  Restaurants and organizations like Compass Group do a great job keeping their waste low because they are financially incentivized to do so.  They also have a ton of programs and resources in place to help them reduce waste.  The average shopper doesn’t realize how much food and money they are personally dumping into the local landfill.

What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

Honestly, do a Google search regarding food waste and look at the numbers.  The amount of resources wasted by the average home is shocking and broad reaching.  If you want to combat global warming, gas emissions, stop wasting water and other natural resources – Stop Wasting Food!

What is your favorite way to repurpose leftovers?

Really simple and delicious ways to get rid of leftovers are the classic breakfast omelets / frittatas.  Basically, take everything in your refrigerator, toss it in a skillet and add eggs.  It is really hard to mess up and always turns out fantastic.