What Does Tulsa Public Schools Do With Leftover Cafeteria Food?

Students at Tulsa Public Schools eat lunch in the cafeteria on Monday. Federal guidelines prohibit any leftover food from being given away for kids to take home or dropped off at soup kitchens. Full Story
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Former employee

Tulsa, OK

#1 Aug 30, 2010
I am a former employee, and most leftover food is used the next day if enough is left; otherwise it goes in the trash. There were a few high schools that were told to freeze items like hamburgers, hot dogs and things like that - that were individually wrapped. Table for Table would come to those locations and pick up the items and use them. The majority of the food, it is tossed in the trash. I always thought it was a waste to toss, but we were all told that the Tulsa Co. Health Dept. had rules against this. Some of the schools make way to much for meals and inevitably throw it out. I think the health dept could help alot of hungry people with the stuff that is good for a few days after it is cooked. Like bean chowder, chicken nuggets, stews and things like that. I think with all the hungry people out there it would be an enormous help.

Since: Mar 09

United States

#2 Aug 30, 2010
They needs to give it to the Homeless. Well you know in Tulsa you have A lot of Homeless People So why not help them.
Just a Thought

United States

#3 Aug 30, 2010
Sounds like federal guidelines need to be reviewed. With so many people out of work and struggling day-to-day with food costs, maybe they should consider giving the extra food to those in need. However, I suppose I can understand how this could quickly grow out of control (IE: Employees abusing the system and making "more" than needed... taking it home... etc).
tulsateacher

Tulsa, OK

#4 Aug 30, 2010
There is SO much food that gets tossed. We can't take it to feed at snack-time ... or for kids that need extra food. It's a TOTAL waste of tax-payers dollars. You people would not believe what kinds of foods are wasted!
Karl Schneider

Gray, GA

#5 Aug 30, 2010
tulsateacher wrote:
There is SO much food that gets tossed. We can't take it to feed at snack-time ... or for kids that need extra food. It's a TOTAL waste of tax-payers dollars. You people would not believe what kinds of foods are wasted!

Multiple layers of bureaucracy, populated with idiots with just enough power to be dangerous, have made it virtually impossible for surplus food to be given to hungry people. It's all a part of the plan to protect us against ourselves.
Susan

United States

#7 Aug 30, 2010
Why cant the food be saved and let the kids come after the school day ends and eat what they want before they head home? For some kids school lunch is their only meal
sick of it

Tulsa, OK

#8 Aug 31, 2010
So in other words......YOU ARE THROWING AWAY FOOD THAT SOMEONE IN THIS AREA REALLY NEEDS....wow, how smart are you.
Just Stupid

Cleveland, OK

#9 Aug 31, 2010
It could be like where my son goes to school, the kids get a lunch tray at the beginning of the line and at the end of the line their lunch card is scanned. If they don't have money in their acct and can't charge the tray is taking away and dumped in the trash, right in front of the child. They are then offered an alternative lunch. When I asked about this process was told, Well they can't keep the food because the child has already handle it. Then change your process so food is being wasted!
Security

United States

#10 Aug 31, 2010
Why not find a pig farmer and have him pick it up?
JustAThought

Wichita, KS

#11 Aug 31, 2010
So, um, why can't they open the cafeteria at night and sell the food to the general public at a discount? That would keep it on the premises and make some cash to help pay for the program.
fairlycrazy23

Broken Arrow, OK

#12 Aug 31, 2010
I wonder how long a private organization could/would operate like this.
Fact

Hawkinsville, GA

#13 Aug 31, 2010
From the looks of the food on that plate,I would be afraid to eat it at all!I have thrown better looking food than that out to the dogs!LOL..
Paul N Mavini

Tulsa, OK

#14 Aug 31, 2010
This discussion is mis-framed.

Local officials should be focusing on minimizing waste, not on giving away federally-funded food.
Lucius

Okemah, OK

#15 Aug 31, 2010
DustyOutlaw picks it up and feeds it to his girlfriend and their illegitimate children.
Lucius

Okemah, OK

#16 Aug 31, 2010
Security wrote:
Why not find a pig farmer and have him pick it up?
Yes, that is what DustyOutlaw does.
Comment

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Aug 31, 2010
Why don't the schools team up with the homeless shelters and give what's left over to them...
Surrealist

Tulsa, OK

#18 Aug 31, 2010
"Federal guidelines say none of our food is allowed to leave the premises,"

It's the stinking federal bureaucrats again. We taxpayers are paying them to make us pay for more waste!
slimjim

Tulsa, OK

#19 Aug 31, 2010
Feed the gangs who are by most standards, underprivliged.
David

Tulsa, OK

#20 Aug 31, 2010
Just Stupid wrote:
It could be like where my son goes to school, the kids get a lunch tray at the beginning of the line and at the end of the line their lunch card is scanned. If they don't have money in their acct and can't charge the tray is taking away and dumped in the trash, right in front of the child. They are then offered an alternative lunch. When I asked about this process was told, Well they can't keep the food because the child has already handle it. Then change your process so food is being wasted!
How hard would it be to ask that kid at the beginning of the line, before they even get a tray, if s/he has enough money?
David

Tulsa, OK

#21 Aug 31, 2010
"Because everything we do is federally funded, what they don't want to have happen is for food to be produced intentionally and be taken somewhere else and distributed at someone else's discretion," Anderson said. That means what is leftover cannot be given away for kids to take home or even dropped off at soup kitchens."

I understand that part, but the entire program is not federally funded, only that which is not paid for by the students.

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