This School In Indiana Turns Leftover Cafeteria Food Into Frozen, Take-Home Meals To Give To Students In Need

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A new pilot program that gives students take-home meals, at an Indiana elementary school in partnership with a local nonprofit company is changing the way leftovers are handled.

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The program was started because the schools saw how much leftover food had accumulated from making breakfasts and lunches at the end of each week. Food that normally would have gone to waste is now turned into meals for students in need. Jim Conklin, an employee of Cultivate Culinary told WSBT 22 News,

“Mostly, we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses, like the school system,”

Woodland Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana now lets all qualifying students pack eight frozen meals home on Fridays to feed them through the weekend.


The elementary was selected for the pilot program because about 64 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced meals.

“We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it,” Conklin said.

“It’s making a big impact, I am proud of that. It was heartbreaking to hear that children go home on the weekends and that they don’t have anything to eat.” Melissa Ramey, Chamber Leadership Academy told WSBT.

The main goal of Cultivate is to fight hunger in the community. Cultivate, along with Elkhart Community Schools, strive to fill that need.


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