16.2 million American children live in households that are food deficient. School programs that offer free and reduced breakfast and lunch are godsends during the week, but what about dinner and weekends?
A school in Indiana has created an innovative way to save and repackage cafeteria food and send it home to families instead of throwing it away. I am so impressed with this idea! Think back to your school days. Schools notoriously have more prepared food than is served or eaten, and with so much need, this idea is a lifesaver! Working with a group called Cultivate, the cooked (and unserved) food is packaged and frozen in individual portions. Kids take home a weekend backpack containing 8 meals, and they don't have to worry about where or when their next meal will be. In my eyes, this is a win-win. No waste, and feeding others!
As my readers know, I was a teacher for 37 years, and I offer you this one indisputable fact: Kids simply cannot learn when they are hungry. Through this rescued food program, schools are preparing students to be more willing learners when they are in school. I love how this school recognized that they were wasting food and partnered with a group who could package it, and return it to the students.
With so many students and families going hungry, why can't more school districts try to solve student hunger with this method? I am sure the district would share their idea.
Schools are a dumping ground for so many of society's problems, but feeding families by rescuing too much prepared food can actually solve a problem of society, and without too much effort.
Congratulations to Elkhart School District in Indiana for such an innovative idea!
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