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K-12 Schools

Teachers, we've got you covered.

Looking for a creative, impactful way to get your students involved in Food Waste Prevention Week? We think we have a little something for everyone.



Attend one of our webinars on reducing food waste in schools. Register below.

School Food Waste Audit

The best way to tackle food waste is to make sure students consume what they take. This involves good planning by school nutrition staff, getting students involved in decision-making, and having teachers educate students on the impacts of wasted food. Click here to view some school food waste strategies.

Book resources

We have a comprehensive list of children's books focused on food waste prevention for you to use in your classroom. Click here to view our list. 

Food recovery Network Chapter

Many students (maybe you!) are passionate about making a tangible difference on issues like sustainability, public health or hunger. Whatever drives you, there’s a place for you in this movement. To learn more click here.

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Be sure to follow us on @FoodWastePreventionWeek on Facebook and Twitter and @savethefoodweek on X (formerly Twitter). 

Hidden Systems of Food Waste Through the Arts and Action

Explore topics like integrating food waste into English Language Arts, blending food waste with art activities, integrating food waste curriculum, conducting student food waste audits, and much more during a series of webinars leading up to and during Food Waste Prevention Week.


Dive into engaging sessions designed to share ideas, promote action, and build skills for K-12 educators and students led by food waste experts from across North America. Don't miss the chance to be part of this fun and educational initiative! 

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Tuesday, March 19          1:30-2:30 pm PT/ 4:30-5:30pm ET

Bringing Food Waste Topics into the English Language Arts Classroom

Speakers: Lisa Jeff, Chicago Public Schools



Thursday, March 21          12:30-1:30 pm PT/ 3:30-4:30pm ET

Food Waste Audit 101

Speaker: Melissa Terry, University of Arkansas


Tuesday, March 26             1:30-2:30 pm PT/ 4:30-5:30 pm ET

Step Up to The Plate Art and Food Waste Activity

Speakers: Karen Riley, Scrap Gallery


Wednesday, March 27        12:00-1:00 PM PT/  3:00-4:00 PM ET

Single Use Plastics in School Cafeterias

Speakers: Molly Longton and Kendon Jung, Arizona State University Office of Zero Waste


Tuesday, April 2     

Creating Young Food Heroes to Empower Communities in Tackling Food Waste

Speakers: WWF and CEC

 9:00-9:45 am PT/  12:00-12:45 PM ET 


¡Apoyando a los héroes juveniles a empoderar a sus comunidades para reducir el desperdicio de alimentos!

12:00-12:45 pm PT/  3:00-3:45 PM ET


Wednesday, April 3     12:00-1:00 PM PT/ 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Vermicomposta: ¡Lombrices para combatir el desperdicio de alimentos! 

“Vermicomposting: Worms that fight food waste!”

Webinar in Spanish, simultaneous interpretation to EN and FR by the CEC

Speakers: CEC and Ciclomanias


Thursday, April 4      12:30-1:30 pm PT/ 3:30-4:30 pm ET

Upcycling: Transforming waste into art, turning trash into treasure!

Speakers: Elizabeth Romo-Rabago


Sign UP for An Author Reading
"When Good Fruit Goes Bad"By Vernon Gibbs II

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Interested in meeting an author and illustrator of a fun children’s book that focuses on eating healthy, creating less waste and knowing that you have value!? In conjunction with Food Waste Prevention Week, author Vernon Gibbs II is reading his children’s book "When Good Fruit Goes Bad". This is a story of grocery store owner Hank Huckleberry and how he has to quickly to deal with some really bad fruit that are taking over his store! It has great lessons about eating healthy, creating less waste, but most importantly, how we all have value even with our bumps and bruises.


You can watch a trailer for the book here. In addition to the 10 minute story time via Zoom, there will be 10 minutes for questions and answers, followed by an interactive 15 minute drawing lesson to teach kids how to draw one of the main characters from the book! Nearly 40 minutes of Content! The Book can be purchased on Amazon at the link below. Bulk orders of the book (25 or more copies) can be directed to Vernon.


If you are interested in participating, fill out the form below.

Register by Friday, March 29th.  Questions? Contact Vernon at with the subject: Food Waste Prevention Storytime

K-12 Student Art Contest

Each year, Food Waste Prevention Week showcases the transformative power of art and how it can cultivate a community committed to reducing waste and embracing a more eco-conscious lifestyle. To learn more about our yearly art contest click the link below.

Poetry Contest for Miami-Dade and Broward County Schools

This year we are excited to introduce the first Feast of Words K-12 Poetry Contest! This contest is only open to Miami-Dade and Broward County Schools this year. Participants can choose between two themes; "What Does Food Mean to Me?" or "Love Letter to Food." To learn more about the contest rules and submission details click the link below.  

in-class Food Waste Curricula & resources


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