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Finish It!

Jennifer Stoor,   Ponderosa Elementary School
Food: Waste Less and Enjoy — It's Good for All of Us!
Access to Healthy Foods
Finish It!

The amount of milk waste in the lunchroom prompted me to find a solution. Our custodian was dumping 10 gallons of nutrient-rich milk down the drain every day! We made “Finish It” coupons that the custodian gave out to the students at lunchtime for drinking all of their milk and eating most of their meal. Their name goes into the “Finish It” bucket where 10 names are drawn every Friday. Their prize is a picture with Charlie our custodian wearing a milk mustache sticker provided by Idaho Dairy Council. Those names are entered into a monthly drawing for a Fuel Up to Play 60 t-shirt at our Spirit Assembly. The amount of waste is from 10 gallons to one and the consumption of nutrient-rich milk and food is UP!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The amount of milk waste is down from 10 gallons to one gallon. That means that milk consumption is up!

How did you accomplish your goals?

I enlisted the help of Charlie our custodian to make coupons and pass them out to the students. He is positively reinforcing lifetime healthy eating habits in our students!