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The share table in the New Richmond Middle School cafeteria includes a cooler bin to hold perishable items like milk and yogurt.

Making share tables work for schools

A program at New Richmond district in Wisconsin succeeds at reducing waste, lessening hunger and even prompting beneficial tweaks to the menu.

Share tables seem like an effective way to reduce food waste in K-12 environments while giving students who might otherwise leave the cafeteria hungry a way to get some more to eat and drink at no cost. Basically, the idea is to let students leave food and drink they plan to toss on a designated table from which other students can take what they want.

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