Durable (Plastic) Trays
As of the 2019-20 school year, 17 of our 18 elementary schools and 4 middle schools have transitioned to plastic trays from styrofoam. Highland Middle School and Puesta Del Sol will utilize plastic trays as future remodels occur and commercial dishwashing equipment is installed.
We are excited about a new effort to transition our elementary schools to the use of reusable silverware instead of plastic “spork kits”. Currently, students at Enatai, Spiritridge and Jing Mei Elementary use “real silverware” in the cafeteria! During the 2019-20 school year we plan to transition 6 to 8 additional elementary schools. With the exception of Puesta Del Sol, which will move into a new school in the fall of 2021, our remaining elementary schools will transition during the 2020-21 school year.
During the 2019-20 school year, high schools and remaining elementary and middle schools that do not use plastic trays will transition from sytrofoam to compostable trays.
School Food Share
School Food Share is a program that prevents and minimizes food waste in school cafeterias by redirecting these valuable resources (unopened or packaged foods) to community food banks. The following schools currently participate in the Food Share program with HopeLink: Puesta Del Sol, Spiritridge, Lake Hills, Woodridge, Enatai, Medina, Somerset and Eastgate. Cherry Crest and Newport Heights will begin the Food Share program at the start of the 2019-20 school year.
In the future we will evaluate our readiness to address additional items that are utilized by the school meal program. These include disposable water bottles, plastic straws and milk cartons.