NIXA, Mo.–An elementary school in Nixa is helping to eliminate wasting food by implementing a food sharing program.
High Pointe Elementary School started the program last week and so far students have embraced it.
High Pointe Elementary has seen food waste cut in half ever since the program started.
The way it works is students go through the lunch line and if there’s a food item that they don’t want, instead of grabbing it and throwing it away later, they can place it on a table for another student to eat it.
The idea is to cutback on wasting food along with combating hunger. Students who aren’t full after eating their lunch, can get food from the share table to supplement their meal.
Third grader, Mark Willis is a student who’s taking advantage of the program.
“I actually like it because when I’m really still hungry, I can just go there and grab something after I ask the teachers,” says Willis.
“We have had a great response to that. It has also eliminated a lot of food waste by the students, putting the food there and then the students having the option to come up and choose that food. It’s very important to ensure our students leave with full stomachs,” says Hanna.
And if students bring their lunch from home, they can also utilize the school’s food sharing program if they are still hungry.