Schools across the country, provide a sustainable school lunch requiring fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nutrients. However, a typical student throws away some of their school lunch leaving it most of it untouched. The perfectly uneaten food will be sent to a local landfill. But, all that untouched food could have been saved.
The solution: Have a “Share Table” at school.
What is a Share Table?
A Share Table could be a table or bin that students can place their untouched milk cartons or food such as an apple. Once, all the students place their uneaten food in the bin or on a designated table the students from that lunch period can receive additional food if they are still hungry. If there is leftover food in that bin students who come the next lunch period can grab additional food to add on to their meal. At the end of the day, the remaining food in the bin or table is used for the next day. This way all the food will be efficiently distributed to every student and can save money. Additionally, the remaining food in the bin can be donated to local food bank.
This idea is used in Cerritos Elementary School in order to prevent food waste and provide students a well- balanced meal. However, within the 31 schools in the ABC Unified School District it is unknown whether they are using “Share Table” during their lunch period. Therefore, implementing this idea in other schools in the country can help save money and help not to waste food.