In an effort to reduce food waste in the National School Lunch Program, The USDA released a memo in August of 2016 on the” use of “Share Tables” or stations where children may return whole food or beverage items they choose not to eat, if this practice complies with local and state health and food safety codes.”
These food and beverages items are then available to other children who participate in the National School Lunch Program and may want additional servings.
Pomfret Community School has implemented a “share table” in the cafeteria for those students buying lunch. This does not include students who bring their lunch from home.
Items that may be placed on the table must be either whole pieces of fruit, such as bananas and oranges, commercially packaged unopened intact fruits and vegetables, such as cans and plastic-type containers where the child pulls the lid or covering off, bags of commercially
packaged pre-cut fruits and vegetables, such as bags of baby carrots or sliced apples, commercially packaged unopened intact grain items such as crackers, croutons and cookies, and commercially packaged unopened intact condiments such as portion control packages of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish and salad dressing.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brock at the school office, 860-928-2718.