Detroit Service Learning Academy wanted to work on reducing their food waste in the cafeteria. The Fuel Up to Play 60 committee worked with a local extension program to implement the Smarter Lunchroom initiative that focuses on food waste and how they can combat the overwhelming problem of food waste in schools. Students helped separate the wasted fruits and vegetables from both lunches on two different occasions. Once they figured out how much, they asked to find out why. They found that students just wanted more variety in their lunches when it came to fruits and vegetables. The committee also decided to make the cafeteria a little more exciting by ordering a chalkboard and some posters to hang by the food line. They are hoping that with all their hard work, that the school will offer a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
The committee is lucky that they have their food director as one of their Program Advisors. The students worked very closely with her to express their concerns and see what they could do together to reduce the food waste at this particular school.
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