Ever since my first years of elementary school, I have noticed the amount and severity of food waste in the cafeteria. Perfectly good items are constantly being thrown away while people in our community struggle to find where their next meal will come from. After many years of seeing the meals in the garbage, I took the initiative and did something about it.
The beginning of my Sophomore year, I started and organized a Food Recovery Program at our high school. All unused, unwanted, and wrapped food is picked up and distributed by Fresno Metro Ministry, an organization that advocates for the health and well-being of the less fortunate. This is a daily program which I oversee making sure that everything is being done correctly. We feed 75-200 people a day from the Bullard site! Bullard is the only high school in our district that has a Food Recovery Program and I have recently expanded this program to the 10 elementary and 3 middle schools in the Bullard region. I personally met and discussed the program with every principal in those schools and they were all enthused and eager to have their school participate. We are now beginning to make this a district wide program with more than 100 schools participating.
The complete story can be both seen and viewed at the link below.
Bullard High School
Here is a sequence of pictures taken today in Richmond, IN on the route for The Christian Charities K-12 Food Rescue food route. First was the central cafeteria for the Richmond Community Schools, followed by Dennis Intermediate School, then Westview Elementary, and finally Fairview Elementary. Crestdale Elementary was also recently added but not pictured below
The food was delivered to the Circle U Help Center (picture of the truck full) and then the final picture is when we emptied at the Gateway Hunger Relief Center. Gateway has a pantry distribution from 3-6 PM each Friday so what we gave them today has already been fully distributed to homes. The food is very well liked and goes fast.
In addition to these schools, we monitor Vaile Elementary School and they had 7 boxes today. Eric Weiss from Circle U Help Center handles Test Intermediate, Charles Elementary School and Reid Health, also on Fridays. He also files his own reports with the K-12 Food Recovery database.