UPDATE 2022-23 School Year: We are working to bring back our food rescue program this year!  It has been on hold as we work to revise necessary protocols, address staffing issues, and identify hunger relief agencies able to partner with SDUSD.  We will provide updates as they become available! 

LOVE FOOD NOT WASTE is a food recovery and rescue program of SDUSD. Our goal is to feed people, NOT landfills.  Often times after offering our students healthy, nutritious meals, there may be some prepared food that’s leftover. In the past, most of this food from our nineteen school production kitchens and 159 cafeteria kitchens was destined for the landfill. But not anymore…Through our Love Food Not Waste program, this food is rescued and provided to local hunger relief organizations coordinated through our partnership with Feeding San Diego.  These organizations are then able to extend a meal to those facing food insecurity in and around our school communities.

Since the program’s inception in September 2016 through December 2019 more than 615,000 pounds of food was rescued from school meals, equating to 492,500 meals provided to our local community!

Check out this video on our past program! 

Find more information and resources on SDUSD's Love Food Not Waste program.

Offer vs. Serve - Feed Students Not the Landfill!

Check out this short video made for students on what makes a school meal.  Students learn how to be part of the food waste reduction solution at their school.  

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