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Share Table at Colonial Hills

By
Terri Pitts,   Colonial Hills Elementary School
Play:
Food: Waste Less and Enjoy — It's Good for All of Us!
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Student Leadership
Share Table at Colonial Hills
Thanks to a grant from Fuel Up to Play 60, the Colonial Hills Elementary students and the community are able to enjoy the benefits of the new “Share Table” in the cafeteria. Colonial Hills received funding for a refrigerator and a table. This is a win-win situation. The Share Table helps reduce food waste during meals served in the cafeteria. It provides students with a choice to select additional menu items for consumption. During meal service, students may place any unwanted non-perishable item(s) on a designated sharing table. Students may visit the sharing table and select items to eat with their meal or keep (only non-perishable items) for later consumption. Any food left at the end of the day can go towards after school programs, or a nearby shelter or nonprofit.

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

We had to have an outlet put in the cafeteria for the refrigerator. That took some time, but it happened.

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

There is no reason why this play shouldn't last for years to come. The students love it and everybody wants to keep doing it.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen less food being wasted and students going less hungry.