(CNN)"Ugly Food" is being wasted every day in the United States. The USDA says 133 billion pounds of food was thrown away in 2014. Much of this food is not eaten based on its appearance, despite being safe and edible. With millions of Americans going hungry, looking at ways to save our wasted food could have a tremendous impact on feeding them.
- Start at home. Check out the produce bin in your fridge or your cabinet before you buy more. When you see something on the verge of going bad, freeze it, turn it into a sauce, make jam.
- Create demand. Let your local grocery store know that you will buy imperfect food, particularly if it's marked down in price. At the farmers' market, buy less-than-perfect fruit. At the fish market, ask for side cuts that might make an excellent stew.
- Spread the word. Use the #LoveUglyFood hashtag to share your discoveries. Talk to your elected leaders about changing government regulations that prevent perfectly edible food from being sold. Start conversations in your community so we can begin to see more "ugly" food on our store shelves and plates, and not in the trash.