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MCA Fuel Up to Play 60 Share Cart

Emily Coverdale,   Milford Central Academy
Food: Waste Less and Enjoy — It's Good for All of Us!
Access to Healthy Foods, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
MCA Fuel Up to Play 60 Share Cart
At Milford Central Academy, the Fuel Up to Play 60 students focused on the play Food: Waste Less and Enjoy – It’s Good For All of Us!” The students at MCA wanted to figure out a way to reduce all the wasted food from lunch. Each day, students were throwing away unopened sandwiches, unopened milks and juices, and unopened lunch snacks. MCA FUTP 60 students took initiative to fix this waste problem. The students took an old bakers' rack and revamped it into what is now the MCA FUTP 60 Share Cart. The students (with some help from the advisors) painted and added labeled bins to the carts. The labeled bins consist of cheese sticks, fruit, sandwiches, and other. We have a FUTP 60 student that fills our cooler with ice every day before lunches to contribute to the Share Cart! We also have a rotating schedule amongst our school students for a Friday afternoon Share Cart cleaning. The students have gained leadership and independent skills with the initiation of the FUTP 60 Share Cart! Each day, the student body, after finishing their lunches, place all unopened lunch items onto the Share Cart in the appropriate bins. At the end of the school day, the Share Cart is pulled out into a common hallway. All student athletes and students involved in clubs and after school activities are invited to access the Share Cart. Those students are able to take anything from the Share Cart that they need to snack on after school. The cart has been an amazing addition to our school. Milford Central Academy is wasting SO MUCH less food. Our students are benefiting from the additional afterschool snacks (at no cost for the district) and our school is wasting less food. We are winning all the way around!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The Fuel Up to Play 60 - Share Cart will be in commission for a very long time! The cart is something that is very stable and the bins can be replaced over time. The main idea of the Share Cart is for students to place their unopened lunch food and for the students after school to keep taking from the Share Cart. As long as it keeps working for all students, we will keep using the cart!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

One improvement at our school has been a huge reduction in wasting food! Our students are taking full advantage of our Share Cart. Students are placing their unopened food into the bins and the students who are in need of after school snacks are able to get them after school!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We faced two challenges when creating the Share Cart. Our first challenge was filling our cooler with ice, daily. We had one of our Fuel Up to Play 60 students offer to go down every day before his lunch and fill the cooler. Our second challenge was cleaning the Share Cart. Our Fuel Up to Play 60 students created a rotating schedule among themselves to clean the cart on Friday afternoons during their RTI time.