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REGIONAL: School district turns leftover food into take-home meals for students

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Source: WSBT 22


A school district in Indiana is going above and beyond to make sure its students don’t go hungry over the weekends.

Elkhart Schools, in conjunction with a nonprofit called Cultivate, are repackaging leftover cafeteria food for students who would otherwise go hungry.

“Mostly, we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses, like the school system,” said Jim Conklin of Cultivate to WSBT 22. “You don’t always think of a school. Over-preparing is just part of what happens,. We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it.”

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As of now, 20 students are receiving a backpack with eight individually frozen meals each Friday until the end of the school year.

“At Elkhart Community Schools, we were wasting a lot of food,” Natalie Bickel of student services told WSBT 22. “There wasn’t anything to do with the food. So they came to the school three times a week and rescued the food.”

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