Save The Food: Inspiring Students to Waste Less Food

Resources to Engage Your Campus About Food Waste


We wouldn’t let a shower run for over 90 minutes, but that’s how much water it takes to make just one hamburger. Now imagine throwing that hamburger out. We may not think we throw out that much food, but every American tosses nearly 300 pounds of food each year. In fact, about 40% of all food in the US is never eaten.

Given the large role consumers play, we must be part of the answer. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Save The Food – a national public service ad campaign produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Ad Council to combat food waste from its largest source – consumers, who collectively waste more food than grocery stores, restaurants, or farms.

Download Posters, Videos, and Other Outreach Materials


Colleges and universities are encouraged to use the campaign materials to help raise awareness about food waste, as part of your RecycleMania outreach or at any time during the school year!

Hang posters on campus - some can be customized to highlight what your campus is doing 

              Bread                                         Chicken                                     Egg                                             Milk


              24 lbs.                                          $1.3B                                             55%                             #1 in Landfill               


              70B lbs.                                     STF                                          Grape 1                                     Grape 2     


         Watermelon 1                            Watermelon 2


Use in-line signs and napkin holders in your dining hall

          Cook to Order 

Large Napkin Holders
              Bread                                        Chicken                                       Egg                                     Milk

Small Napkin Holders 
              Bread                                        Chicken                                       Egg                                     Milk


Play videos online, on TV screens throughout your campus, or your school’s TV station



Play radio spots on your school’s radio station

Share on social with #SaveTheFood

Check out for more tips on how to reduce food waste.
Additional campaign assets are available at