Under the Federal School Lunch Program, students must take a certain number of items as they go through the cafeteria line, which typically includes a fruit or vegetable. The problem we are seeing is that most students don’t always want everything they have to take, resulting in a lot of good food being wasted and thrown into the trash can. The students and teachers here at Truman Elementary are hoping to voice their concerns for this waste to our district's food service director very soon. We would like to incorporate an innovative new strategy called "the share table". This program has been introduced to other school districts around the United States, such as districts in Central Florida and El Paso, TX. The purpose of the share table is to keep unwanted food out of the trash, while providing extra nutrition to hungrier kids in the cafeteria, as well as the community. The share table is a designated table in the cafeteria where students can drop off unwanted wrapped and packaged food. If a student is still hungry after finishing their meal, he/she can pick up an item from the share table. A new law was passed this spring that allows Texas Public School Districts to store and not trash left over food. We hope that our food service director here at Edinburg CISD will follow suit soon. This will definitely help create a new pathway for our school district to reduce food waste and feed hungry kids throughout the week.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We plan on contacting our district's director of food services in order to pitch our idea and start this new program at our elementary.
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