Lead Program Director
Near the end of the school year, we were contacted by Louise Stevenson, the Cafe Manager of Holy Name Catholic School, a small private school in Beech Grove. She had received a letter from a third grader concerned about food waste and was inspired to do something about it--so she reached out to us. Louise was fairly confident they didn’t have much waste but I encouraged her to do a food audit.
What's a food audit? For one week, just collect the tray to trash food--all the unopened, unpeeled unwanted food left over on student trays--and just see how much there is. So, she did and to her surprise, she collected 275 items in just one week! Mind you, this is a small school of less than 300 students. It just goes to show there is waste at every level, no matter how big or small a school may be. We connected Holy Name with Second Helpings to rescue what was collected and the Food Rescue seed was planted.
Louise says the school will launch a full Food Rescue program in the fall. All of this thanks to a third grade student who saw a problem and DID something about it! Check out the letter below and may it inspire you to go beyond saying “we should do this” to actually doing it!
Clare Diaz has managed the K-12 Food Rescue program at Holy Name for 3 years with the assistance of cafeteria manager Louise Stevenson.