Amity Elementary (Deer Park Schools) and Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District have collaborated to implement a food rescue program.
It all began during the 2014-15 school year with the direction of Patrick Ormond, sixth grade science teacher, and Carol Suer, a retired Amity teacher. Students are encouraged to place unopened food items and unpeeled fruit on a "food sharing table". Those students who are still hungry may then take food off of the table. Any food items remaining on the table after lunch are refrigerated and delivered to a local food pantry.
Insofar, Amity Elementary is able to feed those in need of food and drastically cut down on landfill waste. Annually, the elementary school has resuced more than 5,500 that may have been wasted. Mr. Ormond states, “By saving all that food and recycling paper, cans, and bottles, our school is down to just two bags of garbage for breakfast and lunch for 400 students. We are seriously reducing landfill waste and at the same time taking care of the needs of people in our community.”
Additionally, the food sharing table encourages students to lean about food collection and storage, charity, and waste reduction.
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