Currently over 40% of all food in the United States ends up in a landfill where it will sit and rot for years and contribute to the vast amount of unnecessary pollution in this country. If done properly, this food can turn into a soil conditioner and benefit agriculture, environmental conditions, and overall health. As a group of public health students at Kent State University we would like to reduce food waste in our own community by piloting a composting program at Walls Elementary School and then implementing that program into all Kent City Schools. Ensuring a sustainable way to reduce waste cannot be done without an extreme emphasis on education regarding food waste and insecurity. We will implement this program in partnership with Rubber City Reuse which will promote healthy alternatives of waste and provide a great fertilizer to be used in the community garden at Walls Elementary School. This program will make the district healthier and more environmentally friendly. By the end of the school year we would like to reduce the waste coming out of Walls Elementary School by 10%.
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