Yesterday was only the second day for our daughter being back at school after what felt like an all-too-short summer and, after once again taking the position of Recycling & Environmental Programs Chairperson at her school, I’ve already found myself with Mission #1 for the year… yea, in all of TWO DAYS!
It seems that our children are actually being forced to be wasteful in the lunchroom and my head is just spinning. The situation was brought to light by a close friend who volunteered to help new students become accustom to the cafeteria line process and when her story began with an “oh, let me tell you about THIS!” I knew it wasn’t going to be good.
The problem? All students purchasing a lunch are forced to take all items on the lunch menu, even if they don’t want them! My friend told me I probably would have choked at how many unopened single-serve applesauce containers met the trash can. My heart just sank. Not only is this horribly wasteful, but can you imagine how many food pantries could benefit from all of the unused foods that are thrown away daily?!?
I can’t imagine what policy is in place that literally makes this waste a “rule”, but I certainly intend to find out! Maybe it’s so the school can say that, while they can’t control what the children eat, it was at least given to them… but if this is the case, it’s a lousy standard.
My hope is to find a place that would accept these unopened foods and allow them to benefit. With so many regulations, it may be hard to do. And then I will need to get the school on board, so that will likely be another huge administrative hurdle, but this one ladies and gents, Mom Goes Green is taking on!!! I never knew about this before, since our daughter is a daily waste-free lunch girl(!), but now I NEED to try to make something happen. It WILL be my first mission.
If you have a similar story to share and ideas of how to resolve this dilemma, please let me know… I would love to hear it! And if this story sounds similar to a situation in your own child’s school, consider joining me and see what you can do to make a positive change!
Less waste means less trash, and food for those who need it… in that situation everyone wins!