Cutting Down on Food Waste in Amarillo Schools

AMARILLO - There is nothing harder than throwing away food when you know there are hungry kids in front of you. 

That is the challenge food service workers in Texas schools have been facing, but a new law is changing that. 

The law was passed last year and went into effect in September. Now districts are trying to figure out how to make it work for them. 

The new law makes it possible for schools to partner with outside agencies, like the food bank, to take uneaten food and donate back to hungry kids in our local schools. 

Matt Buck, Food Service Director for Amarillo ISD said 63 percent of the district's students are eligible for free and reduced lunches. So, there is definitely a need in our community. 

"Essentially what it does is give us a greater opportunity to build upon the programs that we are already providing to our students, and help provide an access point so that food doesn't necessarily go in the trash can, that we can redistribute that to needy kids in our area," said Buck.

Some of those programs Buck is talking about are Snack Pack 4 Kids and the Share Table.

Right now, Buck said they are exploring their options, trying to figure out the best agency to partner with.

36 AISD campuses have "universal breakfast," a program that feeds students breakfast at no cost to them. 

Buck said sometimes they even bring lunch to the classroom, making it even easier for students to get the food they need.

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