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Schools Cut Back On Cafeteria Waste By Encouraging Students To Share Leftovers

By Aimee Lutkin

The federal school lunch program demands that kids pick a certain number of items to put on their tray as they move through the cafeteria, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But anyone who has ever spent time with kids during a meal know that getting a child to eat something is considerably harder than getting them to put it on their plate. Lots of food ends up in the trash, creating excess waste.

At the same time, there are kids who can't afford school lunch, or who have limited resources at home for after-school snacks and meals. There are even disturbing stories of some cafeteria workers throwing out full meals in front of children due to unpaid lunch bills.

About 20 schools in Orange County, Florida, are trying a new experiment to cut down on the amount of food that goes to waste and the number of children going hungry. They've established "share tables," where kids can put anything from their meal that they don't want to eat, and other kids can grab what they want to take home or eat for lunch as well.