Blue Valley School District donates leftover food, helps feed families

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Blue Valley School District is donating perishable food to families.

Every day the school collects food the students don’t eat. They have freezers in 11 schools where they save food to donate to Harvesters.

Harvesters then takes the food to a local soup kitchen to use either the same day or the next. Since the school began the Food Rescue Program in 2011, they have served nearly 100,000 families.

“I think that’s kind of the beauty of the whole program. It’s something that we’re able to help with food that we would not be utilizing at the end of the day,” Charles Rathburn, the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the Blue Valley School District, said.

Before the school started the program, all of the food was thrown out. 

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