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Our Share Table

alexandra flores,   Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
Food: Waste Less and Enjoy — It's Good for All of Us!
Access to Healthy Foods
Since we have switched from regular breakfast in the cafeteria to breakfast in the classroom, we have increased our participation from 75 students to about 500 students daily. This is awesome! Like with any changes, however, come the benefits and not so great benefits. Our not so great was the amount of food that was being wasted This was a major concern for many students and staff. In an effort to reduce this, we have come up with the "Share Table" concept throughout our district, thus creating less waste. What is even better, we have partnered with an outside company called "We Don't Waste". They pick up what was not taken from the "Share Table" and then deliver these items to local food banks, homeless shelters and many other locations that may need these items throughout the Denver Metro area. Without our great Students, Teachers, Nutrition staff, Custodians and Admin team, we would not be able to make this possible. Team Work plays an important part in this. Thank you Fuel Up to Play 60 and the National Dairy Council for all your support!

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

Our biggest challenge was identifying what items went on the "share table" and how to separate and get those items back to the kitchen for donation. We overcame this with great communication and repetition, lots of volunteers and staff support of the program

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Wwe worked as a team by communicating and keeping things consistent throughout the entire school. Also, many people donated crates and bags to help keep the "share table " items separate.

How did you accomplish your goals?

With great teamwork and communication.