H.L. Johnson Elementary School has implemented a program through its food services department referred to as “the sharing table.” Students who buy lunch and do not wish to consume certain items, like milk, apple sauce, juice or fruit, place them into an ice bucket. Any student wanting to enjoy an item from the table may do so during their lunch time. They merely have to raise their hand and request to go to the sharing table.
Items left on the sharing table at the end of the lunch are discarded. The program has been extremely successful, and very few items, if any, are discarded at the end of the day. Having a sharing table reduces waste, encourages sharing and allows H. L. Johnson to further its efforts as a “Green School of Excellence.”
ABOVE: Students enjoy drinks from the sharing table at lunch.