Good Food News - Waste Not Want Not
I read this fantastic article on the online blog Grist about a school Waste Not, Want Not initiative. The USDA’s National School Lunch Program serves 30 million kids every school day, yet the program also wastes about $5 million worth of edible food each school day. In the Oakland Unified School District in California changes have been implemented via Nancy Deming, the school district’s sustainability manager for custodial and nutritional services.
She has set up clear bins, where students can take whatever unopened or uneaten foods they have. Those items will either be offered the next day or donated to a local hunger-relief organization. Any item that has been bitten into is composted.
Deming has standardized the practice and made it mandatory for the schools serving some 37,000 students in Oakland. With her help, the district has arguably done more than any other in the country to minimize excess food, redistribute edible leftovers to people in need, and compost the inevitable inedibles. Waste not indeed!