NEWSBRIEF: Roseville schools work to reduce food waste

Roseville Area Schools Nutrition Services launched a summer pilot in partnership with Feeding America/Second Harvest Heartland to salvage food that would otherwise be thrown away and donate it to community shelters. A new program called MealConnect acts as a sort of Uber for food, connecting volunteers with food donation sites and shelters that can accept the food. Over the course of the summer, 183 pounds of food were saved and donated to area shelters including Ascension Place, Women of Nations, and Bridgeview to include in their meals. The program not only cuts down on organic waste going into the trash but also ensures that the food goes to those in need. It’s a win-win for schools and the community and the district is looking to expand it into the school year.

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