Did you know the average American throws away 20 pounds of food every month? That's the size of a pug!
This Spring we are partnering with the 6th grade students at Westerly School for a food-focused service learning project. In May, we will visit a local farmers market and make homemade jam as Mothers Day gifts with the students of Precious Lamb Preschool. To prepare for this day of service, students are exploring different factors that influence how we make decisions about what to eat. This week we discussed how our decisions affect the planet, particularly when it comes to what we don’t eat. Food waste is a big problem in America, but these 6th graders were ready with tons of great ideas of how they can be part of the solution. From creative leftover cooking, to changing purchasing habits, to worm composting, these students proved they are ready and willing to do their part. To celebrate, we made the classic “stone soup” out of leftover vegetables they all brought from home. It’s been a real pleasure thinking about environmental and social justice issues with these students and we can’t wait until our service day.