1) High levels of food waste on campus 2) Many students experienced hunger at home after the school day ended
In considering various options to address food waste and food access at school, they decided to pursue the Share Table model. Under this model, students can use a table or other hard surface to place uneaten and unopened food items and beverages in an open space where students can pick up additional food items at no cost. Acceptable items include milk cartons, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks.
After the initial pilot, students gathered data gathered from confidential surveys indicating that 35.9% of students reported using the Share Table one to five days a week and 55% reported that they felt the Share Table made a difference in their schools.
As a result of the incredible success of the program, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and CalFresh Healthy Living proceeded with the inclusion of NHF's step-by-step guide in this year's CalFresh Healthy Living Share Table Implementation Guide. In addition, local and state policies that directly support the use of Share Tables in schools have been instituted, including SB 557 Food Donation and Pupil Meals: Schools.
If you are interested in covering NHF's success with the Share Table model, please contact Stephany Rodas at (213) 538-0723 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stephany Rodas, National Health Foundation213-538-0723, email@example.com
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