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Food Waste Prevention Week: How Students Can Get Involved

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April 4 - 8 is Food Waste Prevention Week! Clark County Public Health is joining the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preventing food waste in our community to save money, protect the environment, and reduce hunger. There are many fun opportunities for you and your students to get involved in Food Waste Prevention Week, and we hope you take this chance to learn about and implement strategies for preventing food waste at home, school, and beyond! Continue reading to find out more.


Student Art Contest 

The K-12 student poster contest is accepting submissions until April 8, and is a great way for students to showcase their creativity when it comes to preventing food waste. This year's theme is "Save Food, Save Money." Students' artwork should be a visual design that inspires people to take simple steps to reduce food waste. Winners will be announced the first week in May and receive a cash prize!

Find more contest rules, judging criteria, and past contest winners here.


Teacher Workshop

Food Waste Prevention Week, Arizona State University School of Sustainability, and the World Wildlife Fund are hosting a teacher training on April 2 that will discuss strategies for reducing food waste in K-12 schools, such as how to conduct a student food waste audit. This workshop is a wonderful resource for teachers to prepare for bringing Food Waste Prevention Week to their students in a creative, engaging way.

It will take place from 9am - 12pm PST and registration closes on March 30. The first 60 teachers to complete the workshop and participate in Food Waste Prevention Week will be eligible for a $300 stipend! Register here.


Take the Pledge

To officially kick off Food Waste Prevention Week, begin by taking the pledge to commit to reducing food waste. You have the option to individualize your pledge so that you can make an impact in a way that is best suited to your lifestyle. For example, you can pledge to tackle food waste as an individual, workplace, school, household, etc., and can choose different tactics such as changing your personal habits or educating others about preventing food waste.

After taking the pledge, you can share it with others by posting the completion graphic on social media!


Bad Apple Bingo

A social media game of "Bad Apple Bingo" begins on April 4. In this game of bingo, you mark a spot on your card for taking different actions to prevent food waste in your life. This is a quick and easy way for students to engage with the campaign. Follow @SavetheFoodFL to play and tag them or use the hashtag #savethefoodfl for a chance to win daily prizes! To mark the end of Food Waste Prevention Week, there will be additional prize drawings on Friday, April 8. 


Webinars

Food Waste Prevention Week is hosting several webinars covering a diversity of topics regarding food waste. These webinars feature different stakeholders and industry players who will share their expert perspectives on food waste prevention. Examples of subjects include the role policy plays in reducing food waste, how food banks address food waste, tools for tackling food waste in your city, and more.

On Thursday, April 7, webinars will center around community and grassroots solutions such as those spearheaded by schools. You won't want to miss the first event of the day, "K-12 and University Solutions in Action," in which you will hear from high school juniors in Virginia who crafted policy to reduce food waste that was unanimously passed by their state's lawmakers, as well as the winners of this year's Food Future Hack-a-thon. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from youth voices at the forefront of innovative efforts to prevent food waste in the U.S.

Take a look at the schedule and register here.

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