Interested in food waste diversion but don’t know where to start? Here are some resources!

Funding Opportunities

SWACO Community Waste Reduction Grant: Deadlines vary around early January and July, annually. The SWACO grant provides financial support to offset the costs associated with waste reduction and materials diversion- including food waste diversion. The grant is available to local government entities, including but not limited to schools, universities and parks, and non-profit organizations located in Franklin County.


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Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits: Prepared by the USDA, US EPA, ad the University of Arkansas, this step by step guide can assist schools in better understanding their waste streams by conducting an audit. The guide also contains food waste prevention tips.

Four Ways to Fight School Food Waste: WWF provides four ways that schools can reduce food waste and how to get started. Learn about Reducing waste at the source, share tables, donating food, and composting for a school garden.

Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste: The USDA offers guidance on how schools can engage with food waste reduction with supporting studies and examples of schools across the country who have implemented food waste reduction programs.

Wasted Food Programs and Resources Across the United States: The EPA shares case studies and resources for food waste from across the U.S., including several school districts and school programs working to reduce their food waste.

Curriculum and Classroom Resources for Teachers

Food Waste Warrior Toolkit (World Wildlife Fund) WWF offers a full suit of lesson plans and classroom activities to engage students on food waste at school and at home.

SWACO: The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) serves Franklin County and neighboring areas with solutions for solid waste. SWACO offers resources for schools including classroom activities, tours, and grants.