Fighting Food Waste in Schools

School girl holding food tray in school cafeteria

WWF is working with students and teachers, grades K-12, to share the value of food and develop strategies to reduce waste. Schools can use their cafeteria as a classroom to conduct food waste audits and understand the connection between their food, wildlife, and habitat conservation. We aim to promote more sustainable and economical food service strategies in schools, in an effort to build a culture of respect for food and help students forge lifelong stewardship habits. Learn more about how your students or school can become Food Waste Warriors using our free toolkits, our grant programs, and research below.


Research, curriculum guides, and grant programs to help schools turn cafeterias into classrooms, engage students around food loss and waste, and ultimately measure and reduce food waste in schools across the US.

All of WWF's Food Loss and Waste projects are viewed through the lens of addressing larger systemic food inequities experienced by communities that face barriers—such as immigrants, people of color, and Indigenous peoples. Our aim is to ensure that our projects maximize food use, advance circular systems, contribute to little to no land conversion, and engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion-positive practices. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with diverse actors on this work, and if you are interested in getting in touch, please visit our Partnership Opportunities page or email [email protected].