Giving Compass' Take:

• Innovations that help consumers store and use food at home can be effective at improving food security and tackling food waste, as Food Tank writes. SaveTheFood has a guide in this area.

• How can we be more cognizant of food preservation and support organizations looking for ways to reduce waste? 

Here's how we can help the hungry by cutting down on waste, including unused fresh produce.

Globally, some 1.3 billion tons of edible food go to waste every year. This is equal to more than two tons (4,000 pounds) of wasted food per hungry person per year. The nonprofit organization ReFED reports that households are still responsible for the largest portion of all food waste by sector.

While there are plenty of ways to prevent food waste at home, including incorporating leftovers into reimagined entrées and cooking with food scraps, doing away with outmoded methods of food storage can stop the problem at its source by preventing valuable food from spoiling.

SaveTheFood, a joint project of the Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has published a user-friendly guide to the optimal ways to store everything from fruits to pantry staples and animal products to condiments.

Read the full article on sustainable food packaging by Michael Peñuelas at Food Tank.