In response to the introduction of H.R. 5607 the School Food Recovery Act, which will amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support food waste reduction programs in schools, World Wildlife Fund released the following statement from Pete Pearson, Senior Director, Food Loss and Waste:
“Food production takes a tremendous toll on our planet. With an estimated 530,000 tons of food wasted in U.S. schools each year, the cafeteria is an essential place to both teach about and tackle this global problem.
“But schools can’t do it alone. This important bipartisan legislation would go a long way toward helping establish cafeterias as classrooms, where students learn about the impact that food waste has on the environment and how they can become leaders to catalyze solutions. The more we can measure and report what’s not getting eaten in our nation’s schools and why, the more likely we will be able to reduce waste, benefiting both nature and our students.”