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Beachside has partnered with our District’s Food & Nutrition Services, Kids Can and Broward Outreach to pilot a food rescue project for the district. This new partnership will help reduce food waste in the school cafeteria, reducing the school’s carbon footprint, while supporting hunger relief in our community. Food in the landfill decomposes and creates methane gas, which is 21times more potent than CO2. Over 1 billion food items are wasted annually in U.S. schools. A food waste audit conducted by students in our Sustainability class recovered 289 unwrapped, unpeeled food items. This converts to 40 pounds of greenhouse gases emitted into atmosphere each day. Keeping food out of the landfill significantly reduces greenhouse gases Additionally, our partnership allows us to tackle hunger issues in Hollywood and Broward County by rescuing unconsumed food from the school cafeteria. The food that is rescued will be distributed to our community through Broward Outreach. Nourishing Beachside students is our top priority, so we will not encourage students to “donate” any food they want to eat. Rather, we want to encourage them to choose an alternative for their leftover unopened, uneaten or unpeeled items.

This program is organized by our teacher Mrs. Elaine Fiore.