Food is the center of many of my memories, as it is for many people. As a young child, I spent hours in the kitchen with my mom as she cooked. As I got older, I cooked for my brother and my friends when they were having a rough day to make them feel better. It’s incredibly sad to me that others don’t have that opportunity. Now, at the university of Georgia, food helps me get through homework assignments, and class. I’ll be honest; there have been times when I probably would have fallen asleep had it not been for the snacks I brought with me.
It’s a simple fact of life that kids do better in school when they’ve had decent food to eat. They focus better, they are able to absorb information and remember better. Almost more importantly, let’s face it – they’re in a better mood. They can make friends better, they get into fewer fights. School is an overall more enjoyable place. When kids are able to learn more effectively, everyone wins in the end...
Which is part of the reason that Pack to Plate is so important to me. Grocery stores throw away incredible amounts of waste. The tomato that looks a little funny might get chopped up and thrown into some pasta for another kid who needs some quality time with his parents. The celery that might not be the right size is the afternoon snack for a little girl as she works on her homework.
Think about the amount of food waste that the average household produces, and then multiply that by the hundred and it’s possible to think about the amount of food grocery stores waste each day. Taking that food and delivering it to children in the Athens Clarke area costs them nothing – they weren’t going to sell it anyway – and has the potential to change the world of that student.
This blog post was written by Pack to Plate Public Relations Captain, Cecile Riker
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