plate wasteIt is no secret that kids are picky eaters. Sometimes getting a child to eat their green vegetables can be the most frustrating part of the day. Research shows that it takes multiple exposures (sometimes more than five times) for a child to become accustom to a new food and take a bite of that food. What does this mean for school lunches?

It means that there will often be waste left over on the child’s tray. But how much is really being wasted, and more importantly, what can we do about it? 

And so begins our Plate Waste Study in 3 district schools. Stay tuned for the results, and what our plans are for reducing waste in schools!

Sterrett - Plate Waste, Cropped
Dani Lyons, graduate student at Chatham University, sifts through plate waste in between lunch periods at Sterrett Middle School. The food left on 55 lunch trays was recorded for analysis.

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