This is such a brilliant idea, I hope this spreads all around the country! Did you know that an estimated 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure? That equates to 40 million Americans, including more than 12 million children. Food insecurity is when people don't have consistent access to food, and don't always know where their next meal will come from. It's a huge issue in our country. And according to the Department of Agriculture, 30 to 40 percent of all food in the United States gets thrown away. YIKES!
A school district in South Bend, Indiana has begun a new program to solve BOTH of those problems! The schools are now repackaging unused cafeteria food into take-home meals! So there's less food being thrown away and wasted, and fewer children and families going hungry.
"We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it," explains Jim Conklin, founder of the nonprofit food rescue organization Cultivate Culinary.
“It’s making a big impact,” says Melissa Ramey, who works for the local chamber of commerce. “It was heartbreaking to hear that children go home on the weekends and that they don't have anything to eat.”
Nice job, South Bend!