South Bend Indiana School Sends Unused Cafeteria Food Home With Students

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A South Bend, Indiana school district is making sure students never go hungry by repackaging unused cafeteria food into take-home meals.

We take well-prepared food, combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out if it," explains Jim Conklin, founder of the nonprofit food rescue organization Cultivate Culinary.

As part of a pilot program with Elkhart Community Schools, Cultivate is giving 20 students a backpack filled with eight individual frozen meals every Friday until the end of the school year.

“It’s making a big impact,” says Melissa Ramey, who works for the local chamber of commerce. “It was heartbreaking to hear that children go home on the weekends and that they don't have anything to eat.”

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