What We Do
foodSCAPE works to close the food loop in schools while creating a sustainable model for students, faculty, staff and school communities. Foremost, we support the best nutrition for students while recovering the useable food not consumed for people in need.
We then promote the diversion of uneaten food to animal feed, composting, or energy production through development and implementation of waste diversion and composting programs in schools. We evaluate current waste management costs to look for savings based changing the destination of the food waste and optimizing recycling and disposal of all school waste streams.
We begin work within the school by first facilitating a food waste assessment to help students, faculty and staff understand food waste challenges, encouraging students on Green Teams or anyone who cares to be involved to help or observe. Once we collect and analyze data, we make recommendations and help to implement a plan that suits the school, whether it means setting up sharing tables or connecting the school with food pantries.
Once unopened, rescued food has been addressed, we work to create plans to help schools divert pre- and post-consumer food waste. Whether creating onsite compost programs or connecting the school with food scrap collectors, we work to implement a system that is practical, manageable, and sustainable for the schools’ current abilities. If space permits, foodSCAPE also presents plans for school gardens with the commitment to act as a continuous support system year-round, taking into account best practices for the climate Rhode Island.
Most importantly, foodSCAPE provides curriculum materials to schools to educate about the environmental and societal impacts of food waste and the benefits of food rescue and food waste diversion from landfills.