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School Food Share Program


A major contributor to food waste is in the cafeterias of our schools - when students have only two choices:eat it or throw it away.A memo sent by the USDA in 2012 encouraged schools participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast programs to donate excess food in an effort to reduce food waste and food insecurity after research showed that schools waste $1.2 billion in edible foods given to students each year.We have been working with Prince William County Schools for the past several months to do just that.Thankfully, PWCS Food Services updated R456-1 in November 2019 to facilitate the donation of excess foods to outside non-profit organizations.Still needed was a process to collect unopened, uneaten, and unused food so that it was collected and not just trashed.We are helping schools implement a USDA-approved Food Share Table model being used in Oakland, CA and tailored to follow PWCS, USDA, and VHD guidelines – ensuring safe food handling procedures are followed.Additionally, the Prince William Food Rescue program provides the method for redirecting food collected at each school every day to organizations all over the county, feeding those who are hungry.The Food Share program combined with the Food Rescue app means schools can reduce food waste in the cafeteria, reduce food insecurity in the community, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the landfill.If you are interested in starting this in your school, check out the Food Share Table page.


Nancy Morrison
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Saturday, 04 December 2021

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