FoodWISE at Eagle Bluff
Each group who stays at Eagle Bluff participates in our FoodWISE program and is given a presentation on the impact of food waste as well as a goal for food waste during their stay.
The program accomplishes this goal in three ways:
- Serving meals with little to no packaging on reusable dinnerware.
- Educating students about their food choices and offering incentives for waste reduction efforts.
- Composting food waste.
Group liaisons will speak about the FoodWISE program during your group’s welcome seminar. The stated goals will be tailored to your group and determined ahead of time with your group leader. Here is a sample intro to FoodWISE:
If you weren’t able to eat everything and there is food left on your tray at the end of the meal, you will put that food/drink into a gray tub where we will weigh and record your schools total food waste. (Run through mocked up food waste cart and describe procedure.) Your goal this week is to: (insert goal here).
- If a goal of 5%: Waste less than ______ lbs. per meal during your stay. HOWEVER, if we as a group want to go above and beyond, we can aim for the Golden Clean Plate Award! To earn this your total food waste amount must be less that your per meal goal…from every meal. (e.g. Per meal goal=5 pounds at all 7 meals for up to 35 pounds total, Golden Goal=5 pounds total after all 7 meals.)
- If goal is to maintain/improve: At each meal, we want to aim to reduce the amount of food we are taking and wasting. We will work to reduce or maintain the amount of waste we create comparing one meal to the next, with our goal of mindful taking and eating! Let’s reduce less food! If we successfully maintain and improve our meals, we will get to sign the Golden Clean Plate, showcasing the responsibility and mindfulness you all did this week.
- Remember…our food waste motto is: Take only what you can eat and eat what you take. 15 minutes before dinner tonight we will all meet in the homeroom to talk a little more about our Food Waste program.
Groups are given their own food waste cart in order to collect food they don’t eat and their waste is weighed and recorded at each meal. If a school remains under its goal they may earn a spot on our Golden Clean Plate Award and/or points toward the Eagle EyeConservation Award. What little food that is wasted is either composted in our Vermicomposter (Indoor Worm Composter) or sent to our Compost Greenhouse and added to tumbler composters.
Every school is encouraged to implement this program in their school. To make that happen, Eagle Bluff provides a comprehensive guide to setting up a waste reduction program at school, classroom activities, as well as an incentive program for schools that begin a FoodWISE program.
Become a FoodWISE School
Initial support for the FoodWISE Waste Reduction and Composting Program was provided by:
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Waste Reduction Grants Program
Unity Avenue Foundation
Elmer L and Eleanor J Andersen Foundation