Food Rescue has started recording interviews with K-12 Food Rescue National Student leaders on FaceTime or Skype in order to inspire other students around the country to show that they can lead the #FoodIsNotTrash movement in their schools. Click on the images to see the stories of Josh Hechtman with ReProduce in Spokane Washington, and Lea Kim, Rachel Wilson, and Katherine Dai with Project Leftovers in Solon, OH.
K-12 Food Rescue leaders were recently featured on a Design for Change "Design Sprint". It's a "must listen" to see how K-12 Food Rescue is empowering students. Click on the log below to hear their voices and their inspiring stories!
We are thrilled to see how the kids at Ernie Pyle School #90 have become so engaged in stopping food waste. This IPS school is one of over 100 schools in Marion County Indiana who choose not to feed landfills with unopened, unwanted food.
The alternative is to put this food on a share table and/or refrigerate for a food pantry to pick up later. If a refrigerator is not available, Food Rescue has received a grant to get the school one. Ernie Pyle to advantage of this grant.
Check out what the kids are saying on why this is important to them.
A special thanks to the Parent Involvement Educator, Leticia Alvarez at Pyle.
We did the NRDC food waste audit two years ago. The children recognized how much perfectly good food was being thrown away because it sat up on the stage at the front of the cafeteria. At that time we began collecting the food with the intent of having a share table and having the rest go to the homeless. It was an uphill battle at first because of the common conception that it was illegal and then the idea that if anyone got sick from the food that or principal would be sued. Once we got past that --- Home Depot donated a refrigerator where we keep the food until we load it into my car and I drive it to the local Rescue Mission in Downtown Nashville.
Last year we diverted 4,000 lbs of food to he mission --- so we have been at this a while. The children take real pride in bringing the rescued food to the library each day at the end of their lunch period.
Karen McIntyre, Librarian Westmeade Elementary
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