Improving our world, one gallon at a time

Hello! My name is Nathan Mestel, and I welcome you to The Milk of Human Kindness. Here we are dedicated to bringing awareness of the growing problem food waste is becoming to communities, and providing them with the strategies and solutions they need to tackle global food waste together. Through a program to educate about both the problem and the many solutions to food waste, as well as production of tasty snacks made from food that would otherwise be wasted, we hope to help take the fight against food waste into our very own homes, and to work together to be the solution to this crisis. Join us today in our mission to tackle food waste in our community, one gallon at a time.

What do we do? Well, I'm glad you asked! Our focus is on public education and awareness, and making sure that as few people as possible waste food simply because they don't know what to do with it. You can find our in-person services at the Lenexa Farmers' Market. At our facility there, you can try samples of our ricotta cheese, made with milk, cream and other ingredients that grocery stores normally throw away at the sell-by date. However, the sell-by date is not an accurate description of a product's true expiration date. As a general rule-of-thumb, products start to go bad at least a week after the printed sell-by date, which, we'll add, is different from a "best by" or "expires by" date. In this window between date and spoilage, we turn the products into delicious ricotta cheese, extending the shelf life of the product and giving it a plethora of new uses in dips, desserts and other culinary delights.

At our booth, you can pick up one of our brochures, chock-full of research, recipes and strategies centered around food waste. Or, just keep exploring our website for all of our information we've collected. Additionally, if you have a bit of data or a recipe you'd like to share with us, please fill out our Customer Comment/Suggestion form with any additional features you'd like to see in the future.

Our website is categorized by the all-too-famous "3 R's", which consist of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. While these are more often applied to conserving materials and recycling, they work just as well when trying to conserve food and avoid unnecessary waste. With that said, enjoy seeing what we have here, and let us know if there's anything you'd like us to add in the future. Enjoy!