This interview notes our National Director of Student Leadership is the first student to start a Food Rescue program in a school in the country, which could be misunderstood. Hanna is the first student to actually take the lead role from start to finish that we are aware of and see it through it's completion and implementation. In short, adults followed her lead. There are other schools across the country who started a Food Rescue program before East Meckenburg HS, but Hanna's accomplishment is unique.
Mt. Vernon Schools will also be helping reduce the methane gas produced in landfills, which is 21 times more harmful to the environment than CO2 gas. Too much methane gas prevents heat from escaping the atmosphere and can lead to global warming. The government acknowledges schools as a participant of the K-12 Food Rescue Program as they are protecting the environment from methane gas emissions.
MVCSC is working with the health department to ensure all food is being collected and maintained in a safe and sanitary way. All foods are collected daily in bins marked with different food categories, thus allowing the milk/dairy bin to be kept cool with ice and the prepackaged items to be room temperature. All food is collected from the donation bins and placed in coolers, freezers and dry storage marked “Food Rescue Items Only,” which keeps the collected food separate from cafeteria food.
The food will be collected and delivered at least once a week to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen by local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, as well as volunteers (including a retired MVCSC teacher and several parents). MVCSC is proud to partner with these organizations and volunteers to provide food for those in need.
Schools are now protected under the 1996 Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which provides liability protection when donating food to a non-profit. If the food product is donated in good faith, the schools are protected from civil and criminal liability.
The K-12 Food Rescue program is an organization that helps connect schools with agencies who distribute the packaged cafeteria foods not eaten. Additional information can be found at www.k12foodrescue.com.
MVCSC is looking forward to repurposing leftover packaged food for those in need, and appreciates the partnership with the delivery personnel as well as the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen. In addition to providing academic excellence, MVCSC strives to provide students with philanthropic and character-building opportunities, teaching students how to be a good stewards of the earth and help those in need.
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Food Rescue National Student Leadership Director Hanna Wondmagegn delivers a passionate speech to the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board regarding her passion to see her district with around 100 schools adopt K-12 Food Rescue policies, as well as the state of North Carolina and nation.
If you are interested in seeing how Hanna was introduced by the school board, you can watch her impressive introduction below.
2016/2017 School Year
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!
2017/2018 School Year
Clare Diaz has managed the K-12 Food Rescue program at Holy Name for 3 years with the assistance of cafeteria manager Louise Stevenson.
2018/2019 School Year
TOTAL FOOD ITEMS DONATED IN 3 YEARS FROM 2016-2019