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STUFFING LUNCH WASTE
move on, thinking, 'It's just one fork,' or
'just this one time,' which can happen
over and over."
Lamoille North, whose 450 employees serve about 1,800 students, has been
composting lunch waste for five years
with help from a local compost company.
The program has kept more than 35,000
pounds of food scraps from landfills and
reduced the amount of edible food that
is discarded, according to local reporting.
Additionally, Lamoille North high
school students, with help from a sustainable agriculture program, collect and
take kitchen food scraps to a local farm to
feed laying hens. "To complete the circle,
students learn to cook what they produce
and sell farm products back to the school
kitchen," Kent says.
To further engage older students, Kent
advocates peer guidance and student-led
sustainability and environmental clubs.
To involve the youngest students in recycling and composting, Lamoille North
uses hands-on activities such as gardening
with compost materials.
"Starting composting programs in
elementary schools is probably the most
exciting and effective way to teach students about food systems and the (potential) value of food waste," Kent says.
"Younger students get very excited about
where trash, recycling and food waste go
and are eager to participate."
Café to community
Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, which enrolls nearly 80,000 students in one of the most affluent counties in the U.S., also relies on students to
reduce waste. Through "food recovery"
programs, students donate unwanted,
nonperishable and unopened lunch
items, which are later distributed to local
food pantries.
The programs were implemented in
2014 amid estimates that almost 10 percent of Loudoun County children lived
in food-insecure households where financial problems forced families to make
trade-offs between basic needs and more
nutritious food.
In 2016-17, nine participating schools
recovered five tons of food, says Charlene
42 February 2018

Stoker Jones, executive director of the
Dulles South Food Pantry in Loudoun
County.
The pantry also operates a program
that sends a bag of groceries home with
students in need each Friday.

"Last year, almost every one of the
4,337 food packs contained snacks, juice
boxes, dried fruit and fruit, or cereal cups
that came to the pantry through food
recovery," Jones says.
A similar program has launched at

WASTE WATCHERS
FLORIDA
Martin County School District's "food art": Stickers,
fun food names and edible-ink designs drawn on fruit
encourage students to eat healthier. Waste has been
cut by 60 percent; fruit consumption is up 14 percent.

VERMONT
Lamoille North Supervisory Union and School District
elementary school students use compost from lunch
waste to fertilize school gardens. The high school
sends lunchroom compost to a nearby farm.

CALIFORNIA
Top of the World Elementary School in Laguna Beach
USD shares uneaten food with after-school programs.

MONTANA
Montana Team Nutrition and the Food and Health
Lab at Montana State University worked with five
high schools to implement "Smarter Lunchroom"
strategies, including grab-and-go meals and share
tables for unopened items.

VIRGINA
Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia donates
nonperishable and unopened lunch items to local
food pantries.

WASHINGTON
In Seattle Public Schools, recycling has been
mandatory since 2005, and composting
since 2015. The district saves money because
its garbage is hauled by rail to eastern Oregon
and is four times as expensive as recycling.

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