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The School Food Project: BVSD's Food Services Department


production kitchens turning locally sourced ingredients into healthy delicious school meals.


 hard working employees serving the best possible food every day.


scratch-cooked, fresh, nutritious and delicious meals served daily.


local farmer partners growing food for BVSD meals. 


nutrition education events hosted in schools each year.


bags of nutritious food and fresh produce sent home every week. 


different menu options served throughout the year.


LeanPath machines tracking food waste in BVSD kitchens and cafeterias.


Creative Collaborations Drive Food Waste Reduction in BVSD Schools

One third of food in the U.S. is wasted instead of eaten. This is not only a disappointing waste of resources, but once it reaches a landfill, food waste is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gasses. “​Food waste is a really big problem. Everyday Americans waste enough food to fill more than a football stadium,” says Annalise Myatt, BVSD student and former member of the Food Waste club at Douglass Elementary. “We could do a lot better.”

School districts have the opportunity to make significant strides reducing food waste in school cafeterias while also creating learning opportunities to inform food waste prevention practices that students can carry with them throughout their life. The School Food Project, Boulder Valley School District’s food service department, has tackled food waste reduction and student education through creative collaborations with multiple partners.

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