So, why do I have a picture of a squeezed out packet, an apple and a rather large zucchini?
Well, here are just a couple of examples of foodstuffs I have rescued this week. They are not ALL the items I have rescued this week. They're just the ones I have photographed.
I have rescued all the items from work and elsewhere. Every day for example, someone puts a whole, perfectly good apple in the bin, before 8:30 am. By lunchtime, the squeezy fruit thing appeared as well. The vegetable I found, unpicked and ignored, along with an abundance of ripe tomatoes. No-one wanted them. This is a daily occurrence. It's not a one-off or a mistake, it's a regular thing.
Other items that come up on the radar a fair bit are muesli bars and bananas.
I understand that little people have their lunchboxes filled by parents and parents like to see their kids eat what's in the lunch boxes. So my thinking is that perhaps the kids chuck the stuff out, to make it look like they've eaten their food. But perhaps parents could speak to their kids about what they actually like.
In the past, often, I have kids who are crying because they've had something packed in their lunch that they don't like. But I do know, from research, that kids often simply chuck stuff out, because they can. So, the rescued food (and I have a friend who also helps me rescue unloved food) comes to me and I keep it in my office. Then when another child comes to school, without food (which you might be surprised, is a common thing) then there is something to give to that kid. It might not be healthy, it might not be quality, but it is certainly better than letting a kid go hungry.
Wasted food gives me anxiety. Because to me, it is symbolic of many things that are wrong with the way we are teaching or not teaching, our young ones. I don't get waste, because with a little forethought, there's usually something you can do with it. Something a lot more useful than throwing it in the bin. At work I am a bucket Nazi and any fruit peelings, cores or sandwiches go into a chicken bucket or compost bucket (we have both). The children are mostly aware of this and do a good job. We have also had good conversations about zip-lock bags and one-use items and I was really heartened to see that some kids had opinions and told me how their families reused things. But I am just one person, my clients are just one class. There's so much more that we educated adults could do.
My anxiety leads me to think of other ways to do things. I have to use it to find opportunities with waste, and feeding hungry kids is a start....it's a small start.
I sure would love to know who the apple dumper is though....