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REGIONAL: School district turns leftover food into take-home meals for students


Source: WSBT 22

A school district in Indiana is going above and beyond to make sure its students don’t go hungry over the weekends.

Elkhart Schools, in conjunction with a nonprofit called Cultivate, are repackaging leftover cafeteria food for students who would otherwise go hungry.

“Mostly, we rescue food that’s been made but never served by catering companies, large food service businesses, like the school system,” said Jim Conklin of Cultivate to WSBT 22. “You don’t always think of a school. Over-preparing is just part of what happens,. We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it.”

As of now, 20 students are receiving a backpack with eight individually frozen meals each Friday until the end of the school year.

“At Elkhart Community Schools, we were wasting a lot of food,” Natalie Bickel of student services told WSBT 22. “There wasn’t anything to do with the food. So they came to the school three times a week and rescued the food.”

Do you think a similar program should be implemented in our area? Comment below!


  1. Paris isd throws away all the left overs of it’s schools. It is highly against the rules for employees or anyone to take home. It’s wasted.

  2. YES. Research has proven we have children that do not have sufficient meals at home. I have heard story of little boy collecting ketchup packets that other kids didn’t want or use. When teacher noticed she asked him in private why he was doing it. He said to take home to his little sister so she would have something to eat. We have a real problem in our community, the children as victims, the least we could do it utilize this food and it could make such a tremendous impact on a lot of people.

  3. I would love to see this implemented in our county. What needs to be done in order to make it happen? How is Cultivate set up? We need a nonprofit organization to be set up to do this. I don’t know how to do that, but I would be more than willing to help.

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