Mid Coast students take part in food waste reduction trial – Manning River Times

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Every student wastes three kilograms of food each year on average. In Australia each year, students throw away 3.5 million uneaten sandwiches, 3 million pieces of whole fruit and 1.3 million items of packaged foods. In an effort to curb this waste, students Lansdowne and Bungwahl public school are the latest to take part in the Lunchbox Leftovers pilot program. Through the program students are empowered to make their own lunches with the aim to cut food waste, help families save money, and have a positive impact on the environment. The Mid Coast schools have teamed up with MidWaste, which is supported by MidCoast Council, the NSW Government’s Love Food Hate Waste program and BehaviourWorks Australia to explore effective food waste reduction measures in NSW schools through the Lunchbox Leftovers pilot program. The program is being rolled out in nine schools across the Mid North Coast during Term 3 trialling three innovative program implementations – Make Your Own Lunch, Take Leftovers Home and Play Before Eating. Bungwahl and Lansdowne schools chose to take part in the Make Your Own Lunch program. Students from year 3 to 6 and and families have been provided with information to reduce food thrown away, including recipe ideas, how to create a balanced lunchbox and tips for fussy eaters. Lansdowne Principal Wendy Stanborough said the Lunchbox Leftovers program was a great opportunity for the school to trial an innovative sustainability action while also helping our school families to save money. “By cutting the amount of food wasted at school and at home, families could save up to $4000 a year.” Bungwahl Primary teacher Emma Breese said their school was excited to participate in the program and looked forward to seeing a reduction in the amount of food left uneaten or thrown away by students and an increase in kids involvement in making their own lunches. “We know that when food is thrown away, all the valuable resources that went into producing, packaging, transporting and selling that food is also wasted,” Emma said. MidWaste Project Officer Wendy Grant said all families could learn how to reduce food waste at home by signing up for the free online Food Smart program at www.midwaste.com.au/food-smart. “Food Smart includes easy, step-by-step guides to help you reduce your food waste and keep more money in your pocket,” Ms Grant said. This project is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: