Avoiding the waste in BVSD cafeterias
After identifying food waste as a department priority for the 2017-18 school year, Food Services sought a multi-pronged strategy to better understand and react to the amount of food waste being created throughout the school meal process. As a part of that strategy, in August 2017, thanks to a grant from Boulder County's Zero Waste program, Food Services installed LeanPath machines in each of BVSD's three regional production kitchens to track and reduce food waste in the initial phases of our school meal production. Now, we are expanding on the successful pilot program by targeting food waste reduction in four school cafeterias and one school satellite kitchen. Thanks to a second grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's RREO Mini-Grant program, later this month, LeanPath Spark systems will be installed at Fireside, Columbine, Centennial and Douglass Elementary Schools to track, in real time, the amount of plate waste that is being thrown away by students at the end of the lunch period. By recording the amount of post-consumer food waste, Food Services will have the ability to target waste reduction strategies and develop specific messaging for students to engage in reducing their own food waste and working as a community towards a more sustainable school community.