Think Eat Save Student Challenge

Calling all food waste warriors in high schools and universities worldwide - fight food waste and compete for thousands of dollars of prizes! Your challenge: uncover how much food gets wasted in your schools, organize a team and take action to reduce food waste! 

It’s been a while now since we started telling you about the outrageous amount of food that is wasted or lost across the world. We don’t want to be annoying but some things need to be said and repeated: ONE THIRD of all the food produced worldwide is WASTED. 

Check out your pantry or your fridge and imagine just throwing away one third of all the food that is in there. Imagine throwing away one third of the food in your shopping cart after paying for it. Or picture all those lunch trays at your school and imagine one third of them being WASTED. 

Hard to believe, huh? But it is a fact. A shocking one, we know. Food waste is a massive global problem that has negative humanitarian, environmental and financial implications and schools are a huge part of this story. In England, schools throw out some 123,000 tonnes of food a year, costing around £250 million a year. If you’re an American student, you are responsible for 67 pounds of discarded lunch waste every school year. On campuses in Los Angeles - unified, the second-largest school system in the US -, students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day.

The solution is in our hands. With a few simple changes to our habits, we can significantly shift this paradigm. More than that, we can pass this idea forward and create a movement of students tackling food wastes in their schools and universities.

Entry into the Think.Eat.Save. Student Challenge is subject to the acceptance of these terms and conditions.
1. This competition is open to all students at the secondary and university levels from any school worldwide.

2. To participate, students must undertake an activity or a project that will address any of the following:
  • Assess the level of food waste that is generated by the school and identify/understand the causes of this.
  • Generate an idea or ideas for eliminating or reducing food waste in their schools  (for example, better planning, preparation, storage, consumption of the food in their cafeterias; recycling or redistribution of left-overs; etc.) and undertaking a project to implement at least one of these.
  • Raise awareness in their schools or communities on the issue of food waste and why it should be reduced and eventually eliminated.
3. This Challenge is open to individuals and teams. For team entries, there is no minimum or maximum number of team members required. A representative or leader should be designated in the case of team entries.
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