9 years ago Cindy Baney and Diane Braun had a vision. Elementary school children could raise awareness for Food Rescue, and learn the concept of everyone working together doing a small thing making a big difference. After Carmel Elementary's 9th Hats for Hunger day to benefit Food Rescue, the Elementary has raised $4,500 since 2008, and funded 67,000 meals being rescued during the last decade. Kindergarten students who were a part of the first Hats for Hunger are now ready to move onto high school next year! Thanks to Thanks to Carmel Elementary, principal Megan Klinginsmith, Carmel Clay Schools, Cindy, and Diane for all of your support over the years! In 2014, Carmel Elementary became one of the first schools in Hamilton County to join the K-12 Food Rescue and the #foodisnottrash movement by donating their unopened, unpeeled, and uneaten food to a food pantry instead of feeding a landfill.
Hanna Wondmagegn, Food Rescue National Director of Student Leadership, receiving her certificate of recognition from Food Rescue from Mr. Parker, HS principal from Charlotte East Mecklenburg HS.
Food Rescue is honored to have you as our National Student Leader.
Food Rescue recognized 139 students around the country for their leadership in the #foodisnottrash movement in schools, and we will be posting them as they come in! Congrats to Hanna! We love your passion!
By-Mary Nolan: Deer Run Teacher
At Deer Run, we were noticing how much unopened milk and uneaten fruit, particularly, was just being tossed into the trash. We had questions as to how and why this could happen. It seemed ridiculous and, frankly, immoral. I began to do some research on how we could rescue food. First, I began collecting just the milk and fruit from one or two lunch periods, taking it home and storing it in a cooler to take to Second Helpings (my daughters were the transporters). Then, it quickly became clear that this was not a sustainable system because there was SO much that could be rescued.
Help for an Overflowing Problem
I started looking around and found Food Rescue. I got an immediate response and a meeting with the K-12 Food Rescue Program Director who answered questions and paired us up with a caring agency who picks up our food directly from the cafeteria.
Feeding Families Not Landfills
We are now a full food rescue school, with students collecting the left over breakfast foods and everyone using our Share Table at lunchtime.They are learning food has value and instead of piling the dumpster we are feeding families in need. We are doing more to help protect our environment. The only regret is that we didn’t begin at the beginning of this school year. Looking forward, we are ready for the upcoming year, with everything in place and the culture of rescue developed. This is what education should be.
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