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Share Tables Are Growing In Popularity Around U.S. Schools, Here’s Why

In June 2016, the U.S. Department sent out a memo to regional and state directors of school nutrition programs across the country, urging them to take part in the use of “share tables,” writing:

Using “share tables” is an innovative strategy to encourage the consumption of nutritious
foods and reduce food waste in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School
Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer
Food Service Program (SFSP).

What is a “share table,” you ask?

It’s a pretty simple concept which costs nothing, but the rewards are felt by many.

Kids can drop off any unopened, unwanted food or drink item at the “share table,” and other students who need it can take from it.

Any food not taken from the table often goes to nearby food bank or charity.

Sometimes, if a school can’t find an organization to partner with, kids who need it are free to take it home.

Due to the strict guidelines set forth by the federal lunch program, students are required to take a certain amount of food each day.

Most of the time, the kids have leftovers either due to not being interested in everything that’s served that day or just feeling full before their tray is empty.

Head to the next page to learn more about “share tables”…