For many kids in the public school system, the only meals they can truly rely on every day come from their school’s cafeteria. Public schools offer children breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, but that still leaves many students without food security on nights and weekends.
One school district in Indiana came up with a creative way to help their students have reliable meals, and they teamed up with a local culinary school and catering company to execute their plan.
Every day, school cafeterias overprepare food to ensure they have enough to feed every student. While it’s a great concept, it leads to a lot of waste. So, a school district in Indiana teamed up with an organization, Cultivate, to save the extra food and repackage it to provide meals for after school to students in need.
Three days a week, Cultivate comes into the schools to collect unused food and takes it to their facility where they create individual meals that are then frozen with preparation instructions attached. Then, Cultivate puts eight individual frozen meals into each backpack which are given to students in need on Fridays to help them get through the weekend.
This program not only helps reduce waste for the school, but also provides much-needed food security to students who otherwise would spend their weekends anxiously awaiting breakfast at school on Monday morning.
The way Cultivate sees it, they are “rescuing” the food to give back to the students it was originally prepared for in the first place.
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MADE WITH LOVE: To make sure no kid goes hungry, this Indiana school district turns unused cafeteria food into take-home meals for students in need ❤️️ https://cbsn.ws/2D2O1MH
Posted by CBS News on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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