School District Turns Unused Cafeteria Food Into Frozen, Take-Home Meals For Kids

A school district in Indiana is working on a big project that will give students take-home meals. It’s a program designed to provide students with enough food for the weekend.

Elkhart Community Schools joined forces with Cultivate, a non-profit group, in order to make weekend meals for a group of students at Woodland Elementary.  The main goal of the district is to feed more children attending neighboring schools.

The pilot program provides meals for 20 kids. They will be given a backpack with eight individual frozen meals every Friday. The pilot program ends at the end of the school year. This food is actually the food that’s left in the cafeteria. Workers not always serve all the food they prepare. Instead of throwing it in the garbage, the school will give it to kids.

Cultivate spokesperson Jim Conklin said that prepared food will be combined with other products, adding that 20 children will receive frozen meals.

Natalie Bickel, the supervisor of students services t Elkhart says this is an excellent way to reduce waste.

The Elkhart Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy took part in the launching of the program. Melissa Ramey is a member of the academy, and she says that the pilot program is making a huge impact on the community. Melissa is really proud, and she is happy for all the kids that will have something to eat for the weekend.