WildmanLivesOn wrote:Seems as though collection efforts of leftover packaged foods and fresh fruit by some staff members of the Harlan County High have been ceded after receiving a verbal cease and desist order from Nutrition Superintendent Jack Miniard. According to sources, juices that were collected from the lunchroom tables following lunch, and unwanted items left in a bin to share with other students, unfit for reuse to students, were confiscated from a vehicle after an employee had collected them to be handed out to needy kids in the employee's local community. A meeting was called the following day, explaining that no food items could leave the cafeteria per state regulations and doing so was a punishable offense. However, it was stated by Miniard that rules discussed in the meeting apply only to cafeteria staff and he could not control the rest of the employee population.
Looks like there could be a focused way to collect these foods for donation, either through a county program or private function. The foods are typically prepackaged and sanitary and given to the schools free of charge by the USDA through federal DOD programs. It's a shame that the nutrition department would halt efforts to feed the needy.
Can anyone quote laws on the collection of foods for donation. As it stands now, according to county and state guidelines quoted by Miniard, it is considered theft to salvage any food item and all leftover items are to be disposed of in the trash. Failure to do so could lead to loss of funding from state and federally subsidized nutrition programs.
An award winning nationwide organization, Rock and Wrap It Up, that collects food from institutions including public schools to feed the needy, may be able to better guide you, with information on the requirements and government regulations of salvaging 'intact' food to feed the needy in the community. It's a start.http://rockandwrapitup.org/