Food Donation Station: A Way to ‘Give Back to the Community’

Food Donation Station: A Way to ‘Give Back to the Community

The Food Donation Box has been recently installed at Bernardo.  The project has been approximately going on since 2019 at schools in the PYLUSD.  Its purpose is to help encourage kids to ‘give back to the community’ stated one of the creators of the box. The idea is that a simple box can give back to the community tremendously and that even small donations such as food can impact the community for the better. 

So far food donation boxes have been installed at all the PYLUSD elementary schools. The project was inspired after a notice of high amounts of waste and unopened food items being trashed. The food donation box was recently installed at Bernardo on February eleventh. The project has been approximately going on since 2019 at schools in the PYLUSD. “We recently added Bernardo due to high amounts of waste and unopened food items being used for inappropriate purposes,” stated Suzan Morales; the director of the food donations project. 

The idea of the food donation box is for kids to donate unwanted food into the box, where it will then go to people in need.  This idea also helps prevent the waste of unopened and edible food, and it helps reduce the amount of hunger in our community. 

The requirements needed for the food to be donated is that it needs to be fresh, unopened, and untampered. The food donation box is not only limited to packaged lunches, but also dairy and fruit. 

The box has been reportedly successful and has been constantly full by the end of the day every day. The food donation box is currently located in the area outside of the cafeteria exit, and it will currently be located there during all school hours, breaks and lunches.