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Share Tables

Schools across the state use share tables as a method of organic waste reduction. 

Share tables are carts or tables where children can place unconsumed food and beverage items that they choose not to eat or drink. These tables provide an oportunity for other children to take additional helpings of food or beverages at no cost. 

Share table programs can be a great way for schools to reduce the amount of food waste generated by students, while increasing access to nutritious food for children from food-insecure homes. If implementing a share table, this should be in conjunction with organic waste recycling and edible food donation programs. 

For more information on implementing share tables, please consult guidelines from the California Department of Helpful implementation guides have also been published by the Environmental Law Institute and CalFresh

Food share bins with various items and a "Take it & Go!" sign promoting sharing and reducing waste.
Example of a Share Table, image from CalRecycle
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