The Virtue of Sharing

Merced Schools lets students donate unconsumed items.

Merced (CA) Schools has implemented a “sharing tray” system that allows students to avoid throwing out unconsumed food and drink. They simply place the excess items they either purchased or brought from home on the sharing tray for others to take. The items must be unopened. Originally launched at Rivera Middle School, it is now being implemented at all 17 district cafeterias in the K-8 district.

In addition, leftovers from the kitchens are trucked back to the distri

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