Hollywood Hills Elementary School has a food recovery program to help kids and families that need food throughout the school year. Students help contribute by donating their food that they haven’t eaten or that’s not open to the food recovery cart. The project is run by one of HHE’s paraprofessionals, Mrs. Sessa, and takes place in the cafeteria.
“I started this program to be able to rescue all the food that gets thrown away from the kids’ lunches,” Mrs. Sessa said. “Instead of wasting it, I wanted a way that we could either donate it to kids or families that need it or give back to our school [and to students who] might be hungry and want extra food.”
HHE has collected a total of 3,201 food items from their food recovery program. The program not only benefits HHE, but also the environment and community.
“It benefits the environment by keeping methane gas out of our garbage heaps, which helps our environment stay clean and reduces the amount of gas in our atmosphere,” Mrs. Sessa said.
Students have been actively involved in this program. During their lunch, they are able to donate food they did not eat. Students participate because they enjoy giving back to their community.
“It made me feel good knowing that someone would get my donation,” fifth grade student Penelope Kraus said.
Photo courtesy of Sabrina Sessa