Research studies have reported that over forty percent of the food in the U.S is wasted. Those same reports state that the amount of edible food thrown out by grocery stores on a daily basis is astronomical. With today’s rising grocery costs most of us can’t afford to be that nonchalant about wasting food. Last month the nation’s food banks joined a competition to sign up the most donors in the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. That challenge will be coming to a close this week, and the USDA and Feeding America will be determining a winner in early September. Food banks joining in the friendly competition were to list what activities they and their donors would undertake to help reduce, recycle or recover food waste in their operations. Ag Secretary Vilsack stated that, ”When we do our part to lower food waste, we can help ease pressure on our natural resources and feed families in need. Through the Food Waste Challenge, food banks, producers, manufacturers, and retailers are stepping up to do just that.” Indeed, we should all be stepping up to do our part to lower food waste.