I am pleased to announce that we will be joining forces with Food Rescue, a service that picks up unopened food or un-served food items from eating establishments that would be thrown in the trash and delivers it to food pantries. All cafeteria managers are on board and look forward to starting this as early as next Tuesday. At the Elementary Cafeteria, we have already been storing unopened breakfast items to donate!
What will we be doing?
We will have collection containers available near the trash cans for students to deposit unopened packages of food items. This will include unopened milk cartons, unopened fruit and vegetable packets, unopened yogurt, unopened crackers, etc. Anything unopened! The students will place the unopened packages into the collection containers as they are returning their trays to the dishwashing area. At the end of the serving period, the food will be placed in the freezer or refrigerator for storage until a representative can swing by and pick up the items for delivery to a food pantry in Hamilton County.
This will also include food from the cafeteria that is not served and cannot be reheated.
Why will we be doing this?
As a “lunch lady" with 19 years of experience, I have seen a tremendous amount of waste and I am so excited that we can now donate it to those who need it. Back in the day, I was actually told to put bleach on any food going into a dumpster. This was one procedure I just could not do as I felt that if someone was hungry enough to look for food in a dumpster, well, you know the rest.
This is a great way of teaching our children not only how not to waste food but how to help someone in need.
We have waited for this moment for years and now with all of us banding together and getting the word out, perhaps we can put a dent in the hunger problem we have in our very own community.
As we start this, please feel free to help us streamline this process with any ideas you may have!
HHSC Food Service Director/HHES Cafeteria Manager
317-984-3547 Ex. 3030