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Students waste food

Senior Esteban Barrios throws out his breakfast.

Senior Esteban Barrios throws out his breakfast.

Mark Hernandez

Senior Esteban Barrios throws out his breakfast.

Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez

Senior Esteban Barrios throws out his breakfast.

Juan Vidal, Rafael Gallegos, Mark Hernandez, and Lauro Gonzalez

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Most Morton East students are throwing out their school lunches rather than eating them.

According to the survey, 30/63 students said they throw out food. Americans waste a lot of food daily which adds up to a lot more yearly. On average 400 pounds of food is wasted per person every year. Americans can waste up to a pound of food every day. It’s a lot of money being wasted. In 2010 the United States wasted 133 billion pounds of food which translates to 161 billion dollars’ worth of food. Schools across the United States waste around 5 million dollars a day in uneaten food. That is about 1.2 billion dollars in wasted food in school lunches. All together including food lost in farms around 218 billion dollars’ worth of food is being wasted.

“The USDA says you have to take at least 3 things protein, half cup of fruit or veggies, and dairy, they do this so they can reduce waste,” Elvira Michalek said.

They use these portions to reduce waste. They also reduce waste by reheating the food and serving it to the students after school.

“Whatever food we don’t use during lunchtime is saved and reheated for after school students who want it,” Elvira Michalek said.

In our school the lunch ladies would save the food and reheated for after school and also when going to your lunch hour, they’ll have 13 variety of lunches that you could choose and eat so you wouldn’t have to eat the same thing every day.

“They offer 13 entrée’s and if people don’t like one thing, they can get another thing,” Elvira Michalek said.

Theirs 13 types of food that the school would give you, but you have the option to not put things on your tray that you’re not going to eat, or you don’t like.

“Don’t put things on your tray you don’t want” Elvira Michalek said.

Pick a food that you would think of eating and don’t choose anything that would make it look like prison food.

“It’s jail food,” Morton student said.

If you think the food isn’t good, then don’t bother grabbing it.

“If you know you are not going to eat the food you shouldn’t grab it,” Elvira Michalek said.

If you aren’t going to eat all the food you grab then don’t grab it especially vegetables, milk, and regular food since most of the time these types of food are thrown out or only half-eaten.

“The most common food I see thrown out is vegetables, milk, and even half-eaten regular food,” Louis the security guard said.

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