Project Takeaway: Save Leftovers

Image credit: Deesha Misra

Image credit: Deesha Misra

Food wastage isn’t new. We’ve all heard of it. We’re all aware of it. We’ve all discussed it. We’ve all talked about ways to reduce it.

Unfortunately, once those discussions are over, we go about our lives, wanting to make a difference but often not knowing how.

According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger. On the other hand, about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted or lost, globally, every year. Even if just one-fourth of this food could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.

Not only are these statistics alarming, they are economically, environmentally and morally outrageous.

So what can we, as individuals, do about it? Let’s start by reducing food wastage at a personal level. There are several ways we can do so, this campaign focuses on one of those ways –  save leftovers, specifically in restaurants.

Of course, we’re all aware that massive amounts of food are wasted in restaurants the world over, every single day. But what we tend to forget is that we contribute to that wastage with our leftovers.

While doing food tastings / food reviews for publications, I have had a growing awareness of the food wasted by diners, often perfectly edible food. The solution to this problem is so simple, all you need to do is try not to over-order and if you do then ask for the leftover food to be packed up for you.

So the next time you leave food on the table after your meal, ask yourself if that food belongs in the trash or whether it can be consumed. EDIBLE FOOD DOES NOT BELONG IN THE BIN. If it’s edible, box it.

No, you don’t need to sign any petitions. You don’t need to make any donations. What you need to do is to make a conscious decision to save food whenever you can. Pledge to yourself. Be the judge – if it’s worth saving, save it. Share these shocking numbers with your friends. Raise the awareness. Together, we can make a difference.

So join this campaign today, to reduce food wastage, in a very simple way. Pack up your leftovers after a meal.

#ProjectTakeaway #SaveLeftovers #ThinkEatSave #SaveTheFood #Tapao

* Some key facts about food loss and food wastage

  • One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.
  • Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.
  • Among children, it is estimated that 161 million under five years of age are chronically malnourished (stunted).
  • Micronutrient deficiencies, or “hidden hunger,” affect over two billion people worldwide, impeding human and socio-economic development and contributing to the vicious cycle of malnutrition and underdevelopment. At the same time, an estimated 500 million people are obese.

* These facts have been taken from FAO’s website. For more information and key facts and figures on food wastage, you can check out

In the coming months, we hope to take this campaign to restaurants and organizations. If you want to stay connected and follow the progress, or if you have any suggestions for us, email us or follow our FB page