One Heartwarming Thing From The Heartland

Food waste is a huge drain on the environmentCBS News reported on an innovative program in a school district in Elkhart, Indiana that is working with a local non-profit to collect leftover food from school cafeterias and use it to make meals for needy school children to take home on the weekends.  The nonprofit called Cultivate, which is actually based in Mayor Pete’s own South Bend, Indiana, found that “many schools over-prepare food and by saving the leftovers, the meals could go back to the people they were originally prepared for: kids.” “Over-preparing is just part of what happens,” the non-profit’s chairman Jim Conklin told CBS.  “We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it.”  What a great way to both help conserve the environment and fight childhood hunger.

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