School District Repackages Unused Cafeteria Food Into Take-Home Meals

An Indiana school district is taking steps to make sure its students never go hungry by repackaging unused cafeteria food into take-home meals. "We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it," Jim Conklin, founder of the South Bend-based nonprofit food rescue organization Cultivate Culinary, tells KUTV. "Mostly, we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses...You don't always think of a school." As part of a pilot program with the Elkhart Community Schools district, Cultivate is giving 20 students a backpack filled with eight individual frozen meals every Friday until the end of the school year. “It’s making a big impact,” says Melissa Ramey, who works for the local chamber of commerce. “It was heartbreaking to hear that children go home on the weekends and that they don't have anything to eat.”

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