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Help Students Fight Food Waste in Schools

Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is lost or wasted. When food goes to waste, so does the water, energy, and land it took to grow that food. Even worse, this waste is happening while 1 in 7 children in the US face hunger or food insecurity. It’s bad for people and for the planet.

US schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program serve more than 4 billion lunches per year, and plate waste in their cafeterias could be as much as 530,000 tons each year.

A bill in Congress, the bipartisan School Food Recovery Act (HR 5607) can turn cafeterias into classrooms, to measure and begin to address the scale of the issue. Ask your representative to cosponsor this bill and support schools and students with valuable lessons, awareness, and data, and empower the next generation of food waste warriors. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.

Not sure if your representative is a cosponsor already? Check the list of current cosponsors for their name.

Dear your U.S. representative,

I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the School Food Recovery Act (HR 5607). Introduced by Representatives Pingree (D-ME), Newhouse (R-WA), and Bonamici (D-OR), this bipartisan effort will empower students and teachers to turn cafeterias into classrooms and reduce food waste in their schools.

Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is lost or wasted. In schools, this uneaten food could amount to 530,000 tons every year in plate waste alone—roughly equivalent to 20.9 billion gallons of water, 1.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, and $1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars. Even worse, this waste is happening while 1 in 7 children in the US face hunger or food insecurity.

There are solutions.

Please cosponsor the Student Food Recovery Act (HR 5607) and help give students and teachers the resources they need to put programs and equipment in place to help them prevent, donate, and divert food away from landfills. Congress should create a pathway that incentivizes teachers and schools to turn their food waste into a learning opportunity, while feeding more people and protecting the planet.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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Help Students Fight Food Waste in Schools

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I am writing to ask you to cosponsor the School Food Recovery Act (HR 5607). Introduced by Representatives Pingree (D-ME), Newhouse (R-WA), and Bonamici (D-OR), this bipartisan effort will empower students and teachers to turn cafeterias into classrooms and reduce food waste in their schools.

Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is lost or wasted. In schools, this uneaten food could amount to 530,000 tons every year in plate waste alone - roughly equivalent to 20.9 billion gallons of water, 1.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, and $1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars. Even worse, this waste is happening while 1 in 7 children in the US face hunger or food insecurity.

There are solutions.

Please cosponsor the Student Food Recovery Act (HR 5607) and help give students and teachers the resources they need to put programs and equipment in place to help them prevent, donate, and divert food away from landfills. Congress should create a pathway that incentivizes teachers and schools to turn their food waste into a learning opportunity, while feeding more people and protecting the planet.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]