Unopened food tossed out due to regulations

Schools cannot take back or redistribute food once it leaves the hands of nutritional service and staff, according to David Smith, chief of staff for Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—At a school where a teacher says too many kids go hungry, hundreds of pounds of unopened food are being thrown away in a dumpster each week.

“I’ve been teaching here for 10 years and it’s a pretty common practice for a student to come in asking if I have anything to eat,” said Paul Richardson, a summer school teacher at Schlagle High School.

Richardson noticed something disturbing Monday morning as he was glancing out his window.

“It was shocking to me that there’s a pile of non-perishable food at the bottom of the dumpster,” said Richardson.

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The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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