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.
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.
“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.
“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.