Instead of throwing away food you don't like, how about offering it to a neighbor? That's the goal for our school program called "Shared Tables". If a student doesn't want their unopened food or whole piece of fruit, they can place it on the Share Table in the cafeteria. School staff makes sure cold items, like milk, go to the refrigerator. Other students then have the opportunity to pick up the food to complete their meal or add to it if they are still hungry.
The National School Nutrition Association has recognized AISD for its strategies to increase healthy foods and reduce food waste. The "Share Table" program aims to make sure students are being mindful about their waste. We're really saving on the ecology front and also building our community around 'helping your neighbor' and providing food for those who need it. We teach appropriate protocols for the program to students during our Nutrition unit in class and our Student Wellness team helps to promote and create signage for the area.
How did you accomplish your goals?
We worked as a team to create protocols for the Share Table in the cafeteria. We also made sure to enhance our nutrition unit to include Share Table information and to build a sense of community. We made sure our Student Wellness Team was involved in the promotion and created signage for the area.
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