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Reduce Food Waste with Share Tables

What are Share Tables?

Share Tables are an easy and efficient way to reduce food waste in K-12 school food service programs and encourage student food preservation.

Share Tables are designated areas within schools where students can place or return whole or unopened food and drinks that they don’t want. Children who may want additional food are welcome to enjoy the donated items during or after the meal service at no cost.

Learn more about implementing a Share Table at your school:

Learn more about why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) encourages food redistribution.

Food Waste Audits

Student Food Waste Audits engage and bring together students, teachers and school cafeteria staff. Audits help educate students on the amount of food wasted in their school cafeteria and encourage consumption of nutritious foods while reducing food waste.

Learn more about performing a Student Food Waste Audit:

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Divert Waste with Food Donations

Developing a food waste diversion program at your school can be easy. Follow our School Food Donation Checklist for a step-by-step guide.

The following laws protect donors from liability when donating apparently wholesome food: