Reducing Food Waste at Your Child's School

Ever wondered how much food is wasted at your school? Student food waste audits are a quick way to learn which kinds of foods go uneaten by students in a school cafeteria. The data gained from an audit can help schools develop specific strategies to reduce wasted food. Most importantly, the audits identify why the students are throwing certain foods away, which can help schools develop strategies to encourage students to eat their nutritious meals.

The US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency collaborated to develop a Guide to Conducting a Student Food Waste Audit. The guide is intended to help educate students about the amount of food they waste in their school cafeterias and to encourage them to reduce waste. Schools can also use the Metro-wide food waste contract if they are interested in having food scraps collected at the school. For more information contact Metro Public Works.

Jay Sheridan