Food waste and insecurity is our service learning theme for the 2017/18 school year, and we've had a great start with a special screening of Just Eat It for students. Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious. 40% of food grown around the world isn't consumed, and the goal of this service learning initiative is to help kids understand why this food is wasted. The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive, with lively discussions in social studies along with mentoring conversations about food waste. Students in Grades K-3 also watched excerpts of the film to get an understanding of the issue of food waste and are getting a lot out of it, according to their teachers.
Throughout the school year, students will have the opportunity to learn about food waste and food insecurity through guest speakers, documentaries, books, websites and hands-on experiences. With support from our faculty, students will create collaborative service learning projects within their class, grade level, mentor group or buddy group.
The Rhoades Foundation will be sponsoring a guest speaker to address the students at assembly on Oct 6th. Will Valencia, a nutrition expert, will be discussing how Feeding San Diego addresses food waste and insecurity. We will also have a special screening of Just Eat It for the parent community on 10/20 at 8:45am. It's a great opportunity to learn more about how food waste is becoming a growing problem in the developed world and what we can do to address the issue. This will be followed by the Feeding America volunteer event on 10/21 at 9am. Mark your calendars and see you there!