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‘Share tables’ encourage students to not waste food

Posted at 7:27 PM, Nov 21, 2017

Most of us have heard the phrase “sharing is caring,” but did you also know sharing can help cut back on food waste?

Schools across the U.S. are implementing “share tables,” which encourage students to drop off food or drink they don’t want at the table. Then, other kids can take the food from throughout the day.

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Any food left at the end of the day goes to a local food bank or charity. Some schools send leftovers home with kids whose families are in need.

SimpleMost describes it as a “little free library for food.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports that about 20 public elementary schools in Orange County, Florida have implemented the tables.

TheUnited States Department of Agriculture described share tables as “an innovative strategy to encourage the consumption of nutritious foods and reduce food waste.”