Project Clean Plate reduces waste at Salem State

Program designed to combat hunger, save energy and reduce the amount of food waste.

March 2—Whether they're eating, studying, or just hanging out with friends, most Salem State University, in Massachusetts, students spend a lot of their time in the school's cafeterias.

But many students don't know about the Project Clean Plate program, which was designed by Chartwells to get students involved in the school's goal to combat hunger, save energy and reduce the amount of food wasted on campus.

To prevent waste, the program encourages students to take as much food as they like but no more than what they will eat. According to the Salem State website, "Students who return their plate empty and have not wasted food receive a small reward such as a coupon for retail redemption or a prize raffle."