Lake County considers ‘trash-cams’ at school cafeterias

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Officials say federal law requires veggies on menu, but students toss them

Published On: Oct 02 2012 05:37:54 PM EDT  Updated On: Oct 02 2012 08:47:09 PM EDT

 

Lake Co. considers school ‘trash-cams’

TAVARES, Fla. –

Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can.

New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage.

“It’s a big issue, and it’s very hard to get our hands around it,” said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested “trash-cams.” “They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in the trash can, and that’s a waste of taxpayer money.  It’s also not giving students the nutrition that they need.”

Laurel Walsh, whose daughter attends Tavares Elementary School, says getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is not the job of the respective schools.
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“I think it starts at home with the parents.  If the kids just don’t like it because they’ve never been given it at home, they’re not going to try something new here,” she said.

No decisions have been made on the cameras, but school leaders say they wouldn’t capture students faces, just what they’re throwing away.

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