New school program designed to reduce wasted food

Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton School District is trying to reduce the amount of wasted food at its elementary schools by creating a sharing table program. 

The Grafton School Board last month approved the program, which allows students at Kennedy and Woodview schools to place unopened, nonperishable food that they don’t eat on a lunch table for other students to consume. Otherwise, the food would be thrown out because of state regulations.

“We had a concern about wasted food brought forward to administration,” School District Business Services Director Topher Adams said during the board’s Feb. 24 meeting.

During the public-comments portion of the meeting, Woodview library aide Barbie Cotton said the district should go further by donating unopened, perishable food items to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County.

She also said the sharing table concept initially came from Woodview students. 

During the meeting, several board members asked questions about procedures, regulations and liability. 

Adams said the program doesn’t require approval from the state or Department of Public Instruction. He also said the program should be manageable for the cafeteria staff without interfering with their primary duty of monitoring students.

The board unanimously approved the program for nonperishable food items. Members also agreed to monitor the program, adding they may consider expanding it to include donating perishable food in the future. 

If the district decides to donate perishable items, Adams said, the board will have to consider additional procedures, requirements and record keeping. 




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