Should Maine Adopt This Ingenius Solution for Wasted Cafeteria Foods?
Maine schools should borrow a page from Indiana's book: In South Bend, one school district is getting creative with their leftovers.
While most elementary school kids will get breakfast and lunch from school on weekdays, they may not get food at home on the weekends. That's where the non-profit organization Cultivate comes in.
According to Local 21 News, Cultivate combines leftovers from the school with other foods to complete an individual frozen meal, then sends 20 kids in the program home with 8 complete meals to tide them over until Monday.
“At Elkhart Community Schools, we were wasting a lot of food," said Natalie Bickel of student services. "There wasn't anything to do with the food. So they came to the school three times a week and rescued the food."
The program is making a big difference for the children taking home rescued meals and the Elkhart School System hopes to expand to food program to other schools.
“It’s making a big impact,” said Melissa Ramey from the Chamber Leadership Academy. “I am proud of that. It was heartbreaking to hear that children go home on the weekends and that they don't have anything to eat.”
Wouldn't this be a great program to apply to Maine schools? Less waste, more full bellies.