School district turns unused cafeteria food into weekend meals for students


FILE – In this Friday, May 19, 2017 file photo, students line up for lunch at a middle school in Sandy, Utah. On Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration, including one that required only whole grains be served. (Laura […]

SOUTH BEND, IN (WCMH/CNN) — An Indiana school district is making sure students have enough to eat, even on weekends.  

According to WSBT, non-profit group named Cultivate is working with officials of Elkhart School District for a pilot program at Woodland Elementary.  

Cultivate takes the unused food from the cafeteria during the week, and prepares it as frozen take-home meals for students to eat on weekends.  

“And over preparing is just part of what happens. And we take that well-prepared prepared food combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out of it,” Jim Conklin with Cultivate told WSBT.  

Every Friday, until the end of the school year, 20 students will receive a backpack full of 8 frozen meals the children can eat at home during the weekend.

The school district hopes to eventually expand the program to provide more children with meals to eat.  

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