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Food Waste Reduction in School Meals

Schools have a special role in providing nutritious, well-balanced meals for students and to educate the next generation about environmental stewardship through reduction of waste.

Food Waste Resources

  • Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) Representatives - Available to help provide assistance to industry, businesses, local government and schools in reducing waste. The map provides contact information for each region of Iowa.
  • Reducing Food Waste at K-12 Schools - A USDA webpage devoted to information, strategies and resources for tackling food waste in schools. 
  • Plate Waste USDA Research Brief - How food service directors minimized plate waste in school meal programs while implementing provisions resulting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

Share Tables

Sharing Table Fact Sheet - Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach collaborated on the development of this resource.

Des Moines Public Schools - "No Thank You Box" program article.