The Problem of School Food Waste

School cafeteria food waste is a serious issue across the country. Recent campaigns have attempted to solve this problem, but they’re still a major issue in public schools, especially ones with younger children. One of the best ways to reduce school food waste is to educate children on healthy eating, proper portion sizes, and the importance of not wasting food. Kids should be taught to about the value of good nutrition. This will help encourage them to form healthy habits and think harder about the food on their plate (and how often it goes to waste). Educators are vital in promoting healthy cafeteria lunches and teaching kids about nutrition.

What can teachers do to spark more interest in nutrition with their students? Quik n’ Crispy has a few tips:

  1. students with school lunchesIf school kids don’t like meal choices, change the lunch menu options. Get some feedback about the foods students like and dislike. Add healthier versions of their favorite food items to the school lunch menu to limit food waste.
  2. Encourage students to try out new foods. Teachers should promote the benefits of healthy lunch menu items to their classes.
  3. Teach students about the importance of nutrition, and why it’s essential for their good health. Teaching about nutrition and healthy food choices can be incorporated into school projects. Assign the kids homework that involves planning a healthy meal, and ask students to bring the meal to class as a fun, interactive project. They can trade items from their meals with other kids in the class to create new, healthy lunch options.

School food waste is a problem that can be fixed. Want to serve healthy school meals the kids won’t want to throw away? Call Quik n’ Crispy for more information on our ventless fryer.

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