Heroes

Whether you’re Julia Child or the king of ordering takeout, you need these food tips.

Most of us have totally unconscious habits that just let our money drain away, quarters and dollars at a time. It's like elves sneak into our wallets and steal our cash — almost $400 a year!

Whether you’re Julia Child or the king of ordering takeout, you need these food tips.

If you're like most Americans, you're wasting a ton of money on food ... that you don't even eat.

I think we can agree: That's bananas.


After all, who has that kind of money to throw around?

Mr. Burns! Just as I suspected.

But for those of us who aren't horsing around with it on purpose, how does that much money just vanish?

Are morning lattes or the latest cupcake or cronut craze to blame? Nope.

Let's break it down.

Here's a snapshot of us throwing our money in the garbage:

Does that sound familiar?

It sure does to me.

I'll say it again: That's bananas!

Not only are we throwing away all this food that we spent our hard-earned money on to buy for ourselves, but we're treating it like garbage. And it's not garbage! Almost everything we eat can be composted and turned back into healthy soil, giving us ... easier, better food!

It's the circle of life, man.

Food in the trash can is its own problem.

I thought we were acing it with our elaborate mandatory urban recycling programs!

Those trash cans are full of money. Our money.

How're we gonna get it back?

A new campaign called I Value Food is offering lots of tips and resources to help us stop losing our lunch (and our lunch money). Here's one easy tip you can take to the bank right this second.

They've also got a quiz to help you figure out how much you're wasting!

And this, a quick visual love-poem of a video to food — may she be saved!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.