School Turns Leftover Cafeteria Food Into Frozen, Take-Home Meals To Give To Students In Need(video)

A charity organization in Indiana teamed up with a school district to make sure that kids have enough food. The schools in Elkhart, Indiana, in the north checked every week to see how much food they still had.

They also saw that some of their kids might not have food when they get home from school on the weekends. When this problem was combined with the extra food that the school has from making breakfasts and lunches, it seemed like there had to be a way to solve it. That's when the South Bend-based charity Cultivate Culinary stepped in. Jim Conklin, who works at Cultivate Culinary, told WSBT 22 News,

"Most of the time, we save food that was made but never served by schools, catering companies, and other large food service businesses," she said. "You don't always think of a school."

"Part of what happens is that people prepare too much," Conklin said. Grow has come up with a unique way to get good food to people who need it most, so it doesn't go to waste.

When Cultivate saves food, they repackage it, make frozen meals out of it, and give those dinners to people who need them."We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it," said Conklin.

On their website, Cultivate says that 100,000 people, including one in five children, don't know where their next meal is coming from. The main reason for Cultivate is to help people who are hungry.

Working together with Elkhart Community Schools is a big step toward that goal. Inside Edition says that about 64% of the kids in the school area are eligible for free or reduced food.

Three times a week, Cultivate comes to Woodland Elementary to pick up food. They want to offer this service to more schools soon. Some kids will get to take eight frozen meals home every Friday. The Chamber Leadership Academy's Melissa Ramey told WSBT,

A big difference is being made, and I'm proud of that. It broke my heart to hear that kids go home on the weekends and don't have food.

The kids need food so they don't go hungry. That's what Cultivate and Elkhart Community Schools want to do.

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