Schools have a special role in providing nutritious, well-balanced meals for students and to educate the next generation about environmental stewardship through reduction of waste.

Food Waste Resources

  • Iowa Waste Exchange (IWE) Representatives - Available to help provide assistance to industry, businesses, local government and schools in reducing waste. The map provides contact information for each region of Iowa.
  • Reducing Food Waste at K-12 Schools - A USDA webpage devoted to information, strategies and resources for tackling food waste in schools.
  • Plate Waste USDA Research Brief - How food service directors minimized plate waste in school meal programs while implementing provisions resulting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

Share Tables

Sharing Table Fact Sheet - Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach collaborated on the development of this resource.