Food Recovery Program

Committee Chair: Amy Sangiolo

Inspired by the successful Food recovery program Wellesley Public Schools is implementing, GN School Connections is exploring the possibility of introducing it to Newton Public Schools. In Wellesley the program includes: “recycling of plastic, cardboard, paper and aluminum products, diversion of liquid waste to an anaerobic digestion facility at Deer Island, a share table, and the rescue of leftover, edible food from school lunches for delivery to the Wellesley Food Pantry”. (More information here)

Food Recovery Programs are based on the concept of Sustainable Management of Food, described by the EPA as “a systematic approach that seeks to reduce wasted food and its associated impacts over the entire life cycle, starting with the use of natural resources, manufacturing, sales, and consumption and ending with decisions on recovery or final disposal. Through the sustainable management of food, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.” (More information here)

What we have done so far:

  • Initial meeting with food services staff and the health department to talk about the program and will hopefully schedule a walk-through of the current kitchen/food prep process in February.
  • Meetings with School Committee members to inform them of this effort and to see if we can get their support.
  • Drafted a Standard Operating Procedure which I will send to our current food services provider and the health department to make sure that we incorporate current practices and that they understand the legal requirements to undertake this program.

Wellesley: Video about Food Waste Diversion and Food Rescue in Wellesley
The Green Team: Reducing Food Waste at Schools
Newton: Food: too good to waste

Past events

04/22/10 – Green Newton Talk: ‘Food Recovery: Why is it important?’

News about the Topic

06/05/19 – WBUR: How Boston Entrepreneurs Use Tech To Tackle Food Waste
04/24/19 – WBUR: Nonprofit Teams Up With Indiana School Districts To Tackle Food Waste