USDA, EPA and University of Arkansas Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits
In November, 2017 the USDA, EPA, and University of Arkansas, published the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits: A Resource for Schools. To quote the purpose of the guide:
“On September 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50% reduction by 2030 (USDA News Release No. 0257.15). In our food system, there are many points at which food loss and waste are generated, including in schools and households (Buzby and Guthrie and Buzby et al.). This student food waste audit guide is intended to help educate students about the amount of food they waste in their school cafeterias and to encourage them to reduce waste and eat more of the nutritious foods provided through USDA’s school meals programs or brought from home.”
NJDEP School Food Waste Guidelines K-12 Edition
In November 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued School Food Waste Guidelines K-12 Edition. “These School Food Waste Guidelines are meant to advise K-12 schools and higher education institutions on how they can effectively reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. The guidelines use the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy to illustrate how to prioritize actions schools can take to prevent and divert wasted food.”
Save the Food
Forty percent of all food in America is wasted. Visit savethefood.com to learn how to avoid wasting food. They offer a Partner Kit with promotional materials, such as the posters below, to get the word out and educate.
“ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. Solutions already exist to cut food waste by 20% nationwide. ReFED has identified 27 of the best opportunities through the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, a first-of-its-kind economic analysis, making it easier for stakeholders across the food supply chain to meet the national 50% reduction goal by 2030.”