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"Meal Prep Mate" Will Help You Reduce Food Waste and Meal Prep Like a Champ

By Sophie Hirsh

Meal prepping for the week ahead can be a great way to reduce food waste, save money, save time, and more. But if you don't plan everything out, meal prepping also presents the risk of just the opposite: wasted food, wasted money, and wasted time. So to help everyone from meal prep novices to meal prep pros with reducing food waste, the Save the Food campaign has rolled out a new, free online program called Meal Prep Mate

In 2016, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Ad Council partnered to launch Save the Food, a public service campaign encouraging consumers to reduce their food waste, MultiVu reported at the time. You may recognize Save the Food ads from your local bus stop, which feature close-up images of food labeled with the phrase "best if used," along with statistics about food waste. Now, the two nonprofit organizations have taken Save the Food a step further with Meal Prep Mate.

Meal Prep Mate gives people all the tools they need to successfully plan, shop (both in your kitchen and at the grocery store), cook, and portion up to five days' worth of meals at a time. The website walks you through step-by-step guides of "what to know," "what to have," and "what to buy," and it allows you to choose pre-designed plans or build your own plan. With both routes, you select how many days a week (three, four, or five) you want to prep for, and how many meals you want each day (breakfast, lunch, or dinner).