i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Wasted Consumer Food Audit & Prevention

Photo: Alice Henneman

Alice Henneman

Extension Educator

University of Nebraska

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Helping people reduce the amount of food they toss at home. This will lead to helping them save money and eat better. On another level, this will help contribute to food security and the health of our planet.

How will you measure that change?

Qualtrics survey

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Many : (1) wording of the introduction to my survey is changed to better foster publication; (2) new questions have been added to the survey; (3) potential funding sources/partners and our mutual contributions to the project were identified, (4) A new Pinterest board on reducing food waste was developed as one of the resources available to help people with a new name developed through brainstorming with others: “Food Tossed is Money Lost.” View / follow it at: http://bit.ly/1Ro3Vio

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Lots of positive vibes and expertise in the room. Had a chance to brainstorm with some of the best minds in Extension.


Consumers will complete a short, wasted food audit of specific types of foods that are wasted foods for them and reasons for this waste. Categories include Dairy, Grains, Fruits, Protein Foods and Vegetables. Reasons for waste are based on a review of reasons frequently cited for consumer food wastes. Suggestions will be given for preventing food wastes for each of these areas. The audit sheet will be available through the Internet with data entered via the Internet. Within one month, audit, participants will be contacted via email to determine if they’re implementing practices to reduce wasted food.

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