FARGO, WEST FARGO AND MOOHREAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TESTING THE SCHOOL LUNCH REPACK PILOT PROGRAM
WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A pilot program at Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead Public Faculties goals to eradicate meals waste by ensuring no scholar goes hungry.
“Within the pandemic particularly, we have now realized there’s a number of want on the market,” stated West Fargo Public Faculties Director of Meals Service Dana Reith.
She says meals waste has all the time been a priority at school cafeterias.
Via the College Lunch Repack Pilot Program, leftover meals like steamed greens and pizza slices will likely be packaged in microwave-safe containers and distributed to college students in want by the college’s meals pantry.
“On many days, we don’t have a lot waste in any respect, however there are specific meals that we aren’t capable of reuse or freeze and reheat with good high quality in our college lunch packages. I’m hoping these are a few of these gadgets that we are able to use and donate towards the meals pantry,” defined Reith.
The month-long pilot program begins Monday.
Every district has designated one college to check out the meals pantry, with the hopes of rolling it out to all faculties sooner or later.
West Fargo’s Liberty Center College will function the host facility for the district.
Though she doesn’t anticipate any massive challenges, Reith stated, “I feel there will likely be a specific amount of workers time to bundle and assemble them.”
That’s the place neighborhood companions like Nice Plains Meals Financial institution and United Method of Cass-Clay are particularly useful.
“United Method not solely helped actually carry a number of these neighborhood companions collectively and actually convene them, we’ve additionally then financially supported a few of the workers time concerned with guaranteeing that they’ll truly repackage the meals,” stated Thomas Hill, Vice President of Neighborhood Affect at United Method of Cass-Clay.
“We’re all the time attempting to assist folks perceive that that is right here,” defined Nice Plains Meals Financial institution Program Director Nancy Carriveau. “We perceive that individuals fall on onerous occasions and folks want assist, and that’s what we’re right here for.”
Knowledge from Feeding America reveals that 9.1 p.c of kids are meals insecure in Cass County.
Fifty-one p.c of the county participates within the Supplemental Vitamin & Help Program.
The College Lunch Repack Pilot Program will shut the primary week of April.
Every college’s meals pantry will proceed to distribute the frozen, repacked meals by the top of the yr or till they’re all claimed.
As two of the pilot’s neighborhood companions, the Nice Plains Meals Financial institution and United Method of Cass-Clay will gather information from all three districts through the 4 weeks.
On the finish of this system, information will likely be evaluated to find out the pilot’s attain and affect on the neighborhood.
Meal containers are donated by Energy Plate Meals.
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