The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved an initiative to provide an extra serving to students in the lunchroom. And they'll do it free of charge.
Child Nutrition Director Kam Bridgers presented her effort to provide more food options to students in the lunchroom through “share tables.”
This process allows students to donate unwanted, unopened and non-hazardous food and beverages during meal services. Any menu item that is pre-packaged, unopened or has a peel can be placed on the share table. Some examples were milk, juice, fruit cup, yogurt, muffin and whole fruits.
“The share tables are in place to reduce food waste and to make perfectly edible food items available to all students at no charge,” Bridgers explained.
A total of 15 mini refrigerators were purchased for food and beverage items to be placed into. Bridgers also reviewed the USDA compliance guidelines that have been put in place. The project should be fully implemented in about two weeks at all elementary and junior high campuses, as well as at Turner Pre-Kindergarten.
“Historically our city health department has not allowed the distribution of these items. Recently, the Texas Food Establishment rules were adopted by the city,” Bridgers informed the board.
Bridgers mentioned she first initiated the project two years ago. She received to go-ahead in December before Christmas break.
"It allows us to share food and not worry about the implementation of germs. If we do it quickly, right after the point of sale, then we don't really have to worry about it," Bridgers explained.
Waxahachie ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain acknowledged Bridgers’ hastily efforts. “Kam has just embraced this the very first opportunity she had, and she wants to make certain that there is not a hungry child.”
Trustee Kim Kriegel also praised the initiative that is near and dear to her heart.
"Thank you for making sure that our kids are fed," Kriegel said.
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