Students don't have much choice when it comes to what foods they can choose in the cafeteria. We all remember when we liked more of something and less of another thing. When sitting down to eat our lunch, we grumbled when we finished what we liked and left behind whatever we didn't.
The federal lunch program requires students to take a certain amount of food, and what's been leftover cannot be served again the following day, even if it's packaged and uneaten.
The "share table" program has encouraged several schools in the U.S. to prevent wasting food, which in turn is helping to feed hungry children.
Yesterday our Santee Health Academy students piloted their first Sharetable during lunch. The sharetable is meant to help eliminate food waste and student hunger by encouraging students to drop off the prepackaged food they don't want and picking up extra food if they are hungry. We are excited for the official launch next school year! #Healthacademy #youthengagement #SouthLA #endfoodwaste #endhunger #sharetable
The USDA-run initiative has been going on since last year!
Here's how it works...