What To Do With Food When Moving

 

The process of moving involves a lot of planning ahead. And when you have a full house, it’s tricky to plan meals so that there’s little to nothing left to transport to your new location.

While it’s admirable to try meal planning for a month straight to use every last amount of food in your home, it’s often not possible because there is already so much to do!

So instead, take a look at some of these solutions to use the week of your move.

SuperCook

Make recipes based on what you already have in your kitchen.  Take stock of what’s in your pantry, fridge and freezer then check the boxes and SuperCook does the rest.  You’ll get recipes from various cooking websites that all have the ingredients you’ve listed.  Great way to clear out the kitchen AND try something new!

Visit their website here.

Chose a Move for Hunger Moving Company

Move for Hunger is a company that comes to you, packs up non-perishables during your move, then sorts and delivers the items to local families in need.  While they have nationwide partners, all of the donations stay local.  By working with one of their recommended movers (like us!), you have an opportunity to help those in need.

To find a local Move for Hunger moving company, search here.

Donate Directly

Maybe you have a particular location or food bank that you want to work with – Great!  Before you load up the van and head over to the location you’ve chosen, be sure to call ahead to verify the items they are currently accepting and their ability to take on the items you’d like to donate.  If you’re in the Twin Cities area, one popular location for donations is Second Harvest Heartland.  You can check out their website hereto see what foods they need and how to donate.

Reach Out to Friends, Family and Neighbors

For perishable items that won’t be accepted at donation centers, reach out to friends or family to see if they’d be able to make use of them.  You can also see if any of your neighbors are into composting or maybe your local recycling center has a composting opportunity.

Throw Away, The Right Way

If you have items that are perishable, can’t be used before you’re move, won’t travel well, and you’ve exhausted all other options, you will need to throw them away.  But make sure that you do your best to limit the impact of each item. For example, if your milk isn’t going to last then empty the carton and recycle it properly.  Same goes for any juice containers or jars.  Check in with your local trash/recycling providers if you have any specific questions on items in particular.

 

With food, it’s hard to anticipate your needs in advance, but with the solutions above you might be able to not only save yourself some last-minute stress, maybe try some new recipes, and help out your local community.  Get creative and if you have other ideas, share them below in the comments section!