Meeting Archive:
Donating and Receiving Wholesome, Excess Food in School Meals Programs

Meeting Description:
The USDA encourages a reduction of food waste in our school meals program, prioritizing proper menu planning, reusing leftovers, implementing Smarter Lunchrooms Movement strategies, and organizing share tables.  After food waste reduction measures have been tried or implemented and there is still excess, wholesome food, USDA supports its donation to local hunger relief organizations as long as the donations comply with State and local health regulations.  Join this webinar to hear from schools that not only have successfully implemented food donation programs in their cafeterias to reduce wasted food and feed hungry families, but have used the program to educate their students about the impacts of wasted food.
The webinar will also feature examples of schools receiving donations of fresh produce from local grocery stores to use in afterschool feeding programs.  Food donation in schools can be a two-way street! 
Lastly, hear about a great new tool that can help schools donate their excess food and receive excess food easier.
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): USDA - Jimmy Nguyen
 Presenter Information
John Williamson
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John is the Executive Director and founder of Food Rescue and K-12 Food Rescue in Indiana.  K-12 Food Rescue is now in 341 schools addressing the issue of school food waste and engaging students to help solve the problem. 

Melissa Terry
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Melissa is a native Arkansan and MPA Graduate Student at the University of Arkansas.  She teaches part-time in the Fayetteville Public Schools and manages an afterschool program.  She has partnered with local grocery stores to provide free, excess produce and nutritious food for her afterschool program. 

Maria Rose Belding
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Maria is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of MEANS (Matching Excess and Need).  The MEANS database is an online tool that matches food donors with organizations that can use the food in their feeding programs.