8/5/16 — Empowering GOOD Food Stewards
Goodwill’s Food Rescue program partnered with Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Eastern Elementary to teach students about food waste, food insecurity, and environmental stewardship.
The partnership was in collaboration with the school’s Heroes in Our Community service learning project, an annual all-school program designed to reach preschool through fifth-grade students about how to put good food to good use.
Traverse City Area Public Schools cafeterias are regular stops on the Food Rescue pick-up circuit, which collects nearly 5,000 lbs. each day of soon-to expire fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and bakery items and distributes throughout the five county region to more than 40 pantries.
“We want to teach our youngest citizens to be good community stewards, and education on food waste is an integral part of strengthening our communities,” said Taylor Moore, Food Rescue Manager. “The reduction of food waste means we are acknowledging the environmental impacts of food in our landfills and, also, that we are actively seeking to share excess good food with our families, neighbors, meal-sites, and food pantries.”
Classrooms created flyers and videos to help educate each other and the community. Watch the “Just Eat It” video that was created by the students.