An Indiana elementary school has found a smart and charitable way to reduce the amount of food wastage happening. It is converting all leftover food from the cafeteria into meals for kids. These meals are given to kids in need over the weekend.

The woodland elementary school started in August 2008. It had an initial enrollment of 515 students at present Woodland Elementary has almost 600 students. And is going through changes and renovations renovation to achieve the daily needs of the current enrollment strength. Woodland has preschool programs that help children prepare under 5 years of age to work along with other services in the nearby area along with providing classrooms for severe learning disabilities. The vision statement of the school is “Woodland Elementary is committed to cultivating a positive learning environment that helps student Nurtures respect, openness, and enthusiasm, Fosters an appreciation for the fine arts, and stimulates academic growth, Promotes individual talents, and Develops responsible citizen and so on.

Woodland Elementary School

Woodland Elementary School is currently working with a food rescue organization called Cultivate to generate the program. “Mostly we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies or large food-service businesses, like the school system,” a representative from Cultivate told local news. “And we take that well-prepared food and combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out of it.”

At the Woodland Elementary school, students that belong to low-income families get free breakfast and lunch. However the school is worried about what happens during the weekend, this is the time when they might go hungry. However, today with the various efforts taken by Cultivate, some students take home with them a backpack containing frozen meals. The number is of around 20 students that take home 8 packets of frozen meals all through the school period.

Natalie Bickel

Natalie Bickel, head of the student services department at Woodland Elementary, acknowledged that there was a lot of food wastage happening across the cafeteria. He also mentioned that he was happy that the food is going back to the students. She also mentioned that she had a desire to ensure that all her students went home with the basic necessities being met. With this aim, she started working along with the town’s chamber of commerce to make the partnership.

Melissa Ramey, an employee of the Chamber of Commerce, mentioned though the situation is saddening. It is also good to see that the town has come together and is acting as one to provide a better and healthier life for the children. The thought of no kid having to worry about their next meal is one step taken towards a better nation.

The school was aware of the problem and identified a way to solve it, no bureaucracy to work with. Families would see and feel immediate benefits. Also, it is expected that this would set a benchmark for other schools across the world. This is the type of positive innovative ideas that the world needs to see now.