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An Indiana School District Is Sending Home Leftover Lunches so Kids Don’t Go Hungry

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States and school districts across the country have worked hard over the past decade to ensure that every single student has access to a nutritious breakfast and lunch, but there are many kids who go hungry on the weekends.

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The Elkhart School system in South Bend, Indiana, wanted to do what they could to change that.

They partnered with a local nonprofit called Cultivate to wrap up unused food from their breakfasts and lunches, along with extras from other sources, to create weekend take-home meals for the kids who need them.

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“Mostly, we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses, like the school system. You don’t always think of a school.”

Cultivate makes individual frozen meals from the “extras” and now, every Friday, students who are in need go home with a backpack containing 8 individual frozen meals.

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“At Elkhart Community Schools, we were wasting a lot of food. There wasn’t anything to do with the food. So they came to the school three times a week and rescued the food.”

The school system is looking to expand the program to other districts and schools. Here’s hoping more schools across the country jump on board, too.