ri schools recycling club
Food Smart, RI.
A lot of food gets wasted in Rhode Island's schools.
We hate to start off with numbers like this, but here goes. We estimate that…
Pounds of food get wasted on a regular school day.
Pounds of it will be perfectly good, unopened food that could be donated to hungry families, every day!
Want to know what we throw away in a single school year?
Pounds of food, and…
Pounds of it could go to hungry kids and their families!
And that’s a problem, not only because of the wasted water and energy used to produce and transport food, but also because…
54,000 Households in RI (12.4%) are food insecure, which means they are often unsure where their next meal will come from due to lack of resources.
Most of the food waste from RI schools gets dumped into the state’s only landfill in Johnston. That’s bad for the environment and it produces methane gas which contributes to global warming. (Methane is a greenhouse gas, 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide)
Here’s some good news. We have the power to change it –