In the developed world, the unfortunate but commonly accepted truth is that unused food is thrown away. A lot of uneaten food just doesn't get cooked, and just like everyone does, we throw it away. A lot of us feel guilty and remorse because we understand there are a lot of people who don't always know where the next meal comes from.
In April 2019, Elkhart School District administrators in India decided to tackle this problem in part, partnering with a non-profit organization to send their needy pupils leftover food from their cafeteria.
Food To Go
Students can have breakfast and lunch at the Elkhart School District, but the question is about "food insecure" homes where some kids don't have dinner – and they don't get correctly fed on weekends.
That's when the school district chose to partner with Cultivate, a non-profit organization. What Cultivate does is to gather and repackage leftover food into meals for children to bring home with them. Food from the cafeterias of the colleges is not the only one–catering businesses and big food businesses also end up donating food for cultivation.
Preparing And Over-Preparing
One of the problems in cafeterias is that sometimes the employees over-prepare breakfasts and lunches. Cultivate noticed this trend and attempted to make the most of it by finding a way to repurpose the remaining residues. "Over-preparing is just component of what is going on," said Cultivate's chairman of the board, Jim Conklin.
"We're taking over-prepared food, combining it with other foods, and making frozen meals from it," Conklin said. Cultivate is doing a fantastic job of exploiting and discovering a purpose for the leftovers and over-prepared food – sending it to the children who it was initially intended for.
To Help Families In Need
Every Friday, 20 students receive a food-filled backpack of eight frozen meals each, helping needy families through the weekends. Elkhart's student service department representative, Natalie Bickel, realized that lunches and breakfasts were going to be wasted at college, and she is more than happy that there is now a way to repurpose food.
She states that Cultivate their food fundamentally ' rescue, ' bring it to their equipment for processing and packaging and then send it back to schools to give their students the backpacks.
An impressive mission
Melissa Ramey, a member of Elkhart's Chamber of Commerce, said: "It was heartbreaking to hear that kids go home on weekends and have nothing to eat there." She is highly pleased to know that the school district is now making a positive change for the society along with Cultivate's generous efforts, support, and gifts. "It has a large effect," she added.
More than 13 million kids live in these "food insecure" homes in the United States, and authorities in the Elkhart school district are now making sure they are cared for. Hopefully, Elkhart is serving many others across the nation as a stepping stone and an example.