Bring Food Waste Warriors to Your School


Prospective Grantees

The application for Food Waste Warrior mini-grants is closed. Please come back on June 1st for our next cycle!

WWF's Food Waste Warrior program is anchored in the idea that measurement is our most powerful intervention for preventing and reducing food waste in school cafeterias and classrooms. What gets measured gets managed. Our program creates a national database of food-waste cafeteria audits and brings together schools from across the country to share best practices on reducing food waste and developing waste-conscious communities.

This year's grants will be focused on and limited to the following states:

Prospective grantees should demonstrate how they will:

  • Conduct at least 3-5 student-led cafeteria waste audits and submit data to Food Waste Warrior database
  • Incorporate food waste education into their curriculum
  • Identify ways to raise awareness of the issue of food waste across their school and larger community—with a focus on doing so in underserved communities
  • Implement food waste interventions to reduce quantities of waste in their schools and repurpose any food that is not eaten. These interventions could include (but are not limited to) the following research-backed school waste interventions.

Note: Applications will be prioritized that implement waste-audits and waste interventions in underserved communities (e.g., Title I and/or rural schools), though all schools are welcome and eligible to apply.

For examples and case studies of past grantees, please visit our Deep Dive into Food Waste Warriors Program.


Application Timeline

June 1: Application opens
July 20: Application closes
July 31: Decisions announced
August - May: Schools and districts participate in the program

Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can reach out to our grant support team at [email protected]

Current Grantees

Getting started with the mini-grant program? This onboarding document has next steps for you to set up your accounts and start processing your payment.

If you are creating a Knack account for your school for the first time, please give WWF staff a few days to review your request. Once you have an account, you can log in at any time to input audit data.


Grant Timeline

August: Introductory call and start of grant program
December - January: Midterm reports
April - May: Final reports

Wild Classroom

For more educator information and lesson plans on conservation, please visit our Wild Classroom page.

Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can reach out to our grant support team at [email protected]