School district turns unused cafeteria food into weekend meals for students

SOUTH BEND, IN (WCMH/CNN) — An Indiana school district is making sure students have enough to eat, even on weekends.  

According to WSBT, a non-profit group named Cultivate is working with officials of Elkhart School District for a pilot program at Woodland Elementary.  

Cultivate takes the unused food from the cafeteria during the week, and prepares it as frozen take-home meals for students to eat on weekends.  

“And over-preparing is just part of what happens. And we take that well-prepared prepared food combine it with other food and make individual frozen meals out of it,” Jim Conklin with Cultivate told WSBT.  

Every Friday, until the end of the school year, 20 students will receive a backpack full of 8 frozen meals the children can eat at home during the weekend.

The school district hopes to eventually expand the program to provide more children with meals to eat.  

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