Lebanon High School senior Kelsee Robinson saw food go to waste every day while eating lunch at school. She also knew that more than 10,000 citizens in Boone County do not have enough food. Robinson set out to find a solution to this problem, and after six months, is proud to bring Food Rescue to Lebanon Community School Corporation.
Robinson, who is completing a work-based learning experience at Boone County Extension, saw the need for this program in September. She knew that lunch waste contributed to increased methane gas, and wanted to recycle as much as possible. Robinson began working with the K-12 Food Rescue Program, a national initiative to connect schools with caring agencies to provide unpeeled, unopened, or unwanted food leftover from student lunches.
Robinson also worked with several community agencies to make her vision a reality. After partnering with the Caring Center to donate food items, Robinson collaborated with Boone County Health Department, Aramark, and the Solid Waste Management District to ensure compliance with USDA guidelines. The Lebanon Solid Waste Management District board worked with Robinson to purchase containers, and as part of a GenerationON grant to LMS, Lowes store #0012 donated a refrigerator for food storage.
The Lebanon Middle School Hi-Y club will be working to collect and store unopened food from breakfast and lunch. The students will collect and count food daily to feed the hungry in Boone County and keep food waste out of landfills. The program kicked off on March 14, 2017.
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