Make a difference during Food Waste Prevention Week

Nashvillians can get involved with the statewide and national campaign by participating in a coffee crawl and attending events.

A produce shelf stocked with leafy greens, radishes, and other vegetables.

Food Waste Prevention Week is coming up April 1-7. | Photo by Matheus Cenali via Pexels

Monday, April 1 marks the beginning of Tennessee’s third annual Food Waste Prevention Weeklet’s not waste any time sharing how you can get involved.

Celebrate with a coffee crawl

Zero Waste Nashville and Urban Green Lab are showcasing sustainable coffee shops as part of Nashville’s inaugural Earth Month Coffee Crawl (April 1 to April 22). Feel better about your morning coffee run by picking up Bongo Java East’s Mudpie (vanilla-lavender almond milk latte) or The Library Cafe’s Solar Power (latte with chamomile, lavender, rosebud, lemon, and orange peel syrup). View all eight participating shops.

Get in on the action

Visit Tennessee State University on Monday, April 1 (6:30-9 p.m.) for “No Food Left Behind,” a food waste panel discussion, which will also be livestreamed, followed by a chef demonstration. Join Yazoo Brewing Company on Saturday, April 6 (1-4 p.m.) for educational demonstrations (think: canning and worm bin composting) and a special Yazoo brew using recovered food.

Can’t make it in person? Browse ~20 webinar topics. Bonus: All events for the week, both virtual and in-person, are free and open to the public.

Don’t let food go to waste

A statewide food drive in partnership with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture runs through Sunday, April 14. Non-perishable food items can be donated at regional UT Extension offices in Gallatin, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, and Ashland City.