Pa. introduces bills to tackle food waste and insecurity

A state representative in Pennsylvania is introducing two bills that aim to decrease food waste and food insecurity in schools, Penn Live reports

The first bill, introduced by Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene County, would install a share table initiative in each school in the state. The second bill would allow students to have more flexibility in their food choices by encouraging the federal government to change its 2012 guidelines requiring students to choose at least one half-cup of fruit and vegetables for lunch. The guidelines also require that grains are at least 50% whole grain, and milk must either be fat-free or low-fat. 

Through the share table initiative, students would be able to place unwanted food from their lunch on a table, which would then be repackaged by staff for other students to eat or take home with them. 

According to Feeding America, more than 450,000 children in Pennsylvania struggle to get enough to eat. 

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