Be a Part of the Solution to Reducing Food Waste


Join the School Nutrition Foundation in the Fight to Reduce Food Waste

Did you know that roughly 40% of food produced in America is thrown away? This represents a loss of nearly $165 BILLION worth of food annually! As a school nutrition professional, food is your business—and you can help significantly reduce that number—by participating in the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP).

Developed by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), and in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), SCrAP aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and obtain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away.

It’s easy to help, because joining the fight against food waste is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Sign your school up as a participant in the program by visiting

  2. Select your school’s participation level. There are 3 different levels:
    • Purple (Questionnaire Only). The lowest level of participation involves answering a questionnaire about the school’s waste management practices.
    • Blue (Questionnaire & Weight Measurements). This level involves taking the questionnaire as well as weighing the cafeteria waste bins 3 to 5 times. Each weight measurement activity usually takes about 30 minutes and can be done either during or after the lunch period.
    • Gold (Questionnaire & A Few More Weight Measurements). This level is the same as the Blue level except that you agree to weigh cafeteria waste bins 6-10 times. Doing just a few extra measurements like this provide a LOT more useful information, such as understanding how much the waste stream changes during the school year and whether different menu items affect how much waste is created.

  3. Complete the questionnaire (and schedule measurement activities if appropriate).

SCrAP participants will receive waste related educational materials for the classroom, a snapshot results report tailored for your school (Blue and Gold Levels), and the chance to win money to support your school, up to a maximum of $1,500. Learn more about the project by watching the following videos: “How to Get Involved with SCrAP" and “Join SCrAP!

Be a part of the solution to reducing food waste—and keep the conversation going on social media—when you visit the SCrAP program on EREF’s Facebook page and Instagram accounts. Post your own photos of food waste using the hashtag #myfoodscraps.

For more information and to register your school to assist with SCrAP, please visit the EREF website or download the flyer. You can also watch send an email to

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