Each year, 1 billion food items are wasted in U.S. schools. They end up rotting in landfills and releasing gases that are harmful to the environment. To help reduce our contribution to this problem, there is a new program starting at Kenston! The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills, as well as help out the community. Leftover food in the cafeteria will be collected in bins each day and donated to the local food pantry, Bainbridge Food for Friends, at the end of the week. At the end of lunch, students can place their unopened, uneaten items in the lime green bins by the trash cans. Items that can be collected include milk, cheese sticks, yogurt, bagels, sealed dips, chips, packaged snacks (such as rice krispies, fruit roll-ups, and candy bars), unopened drinks, and unpeeled fruits or fruits with skin (apples, bananas, oranges). If you are unsure about an item, you can simply place it in the bin, and they will be sorted at the end of the week. James Thigpen said, “I would like to thank Jenna and Dana for starting such a great program and helping out the community.” If you have any questions, you can contact the leaders of this program, Dana Kapcio or Jenna Barrett. Together, we can all make a difference!