Wellesley’s 3R Working Group — which consists of representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Sustainable Energy Committee, and the Natural Resources Commission — has united with the Environmental Protection Agency/New England and the Cambridge-based non-profit Food For Free to develop a collaborative food rescue initiative with vendors that provide food service at local school K-12 schools and universities. Food rescue refers to repacking leftover food, such as from school lunches, for those in need, including people living in shelters or receiving Meals on Wheels.
Program participants include Wellesley Public Schools, Babson College, Bentley University, Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College. More than 4,000 pounds of food have been donated since September from Bentley, Olin and Wellesley Middle School; the program was rolled out in the other schools in recent weeks. Other local organizations with serviceable leftover food will be encouraged to join, too.
One of side benefit that stems from food waste donation programs, according to the EPA, is that organizations that donate food see new opportunities for reducing leftovers. The donation process creates an informational feedback loop for waste generators that reduces both
their wasted food, and their food waste removal costs.
As the 3R Working Group recruited local colleges for this program, conversations with MassBay Community College, located in Wellesley, revealed that 52% of the students surveyed there indicated they were insecure about food. Food For Free is now working with MassBay to develop a program for these students to receive food from the Food For Free Family Meals program.
For more information, go to https://wellesleyma.gov/811/4282/Waste-Wise-Wellesley or contact Marybeth Martello, Administrator, Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee at [email protected] or 781-431-1019 x2229.
MassBay Community College’s Student Development Office conducted an on-line survey of enrolled students to determine if students had food insecurity and found that more than half (52%) who participated in the survey reported “low” or “very low” food security.
Students were classified as having “low” or “very low” food security if they reported at least two of the following during the past 30 days:
· Food that was purchased didn’t last and they didn’t have money to purchase more
· They could not afford to eat balanced meals
· Students were cutting the size of meals or skipped meals because there wasn’t enough money or food
· They were eating less because they felt there wasn’t enough money or food
· Students were hungry, but didn’t eat because there wasn’t enough money or food
To fight hunger on MassBay campuses, the college has spearheaded food insecurity initiatives to ensure members of the MassBay community have access to food while on campus. These initiatives include;
– A MassBay partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank to host a monthly mobile food market with free fresh fruits and vegetables. This farmer’s market style food distribution is located on the Wellesley campus, and students on the Ashland and Framingham campuses can pre-register and the food will be brought to those campuses for them. This has benefitted more than 2,648 students, faculty and staff since it came to campus.
– Snack bins have been placed in Student Development, Athletics, Advising and Financial Aid on the Wellesley Hills campus, offering free, sustainable snack options to all students.
– The Student Development Office, Student Government Association and the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences held a student essay contest around hunger issues. The two winners of the contest will join Student Development staff in attending the National Convening on College Food and Housing Insecurity Conference in Philadelphia later this month.
MassBay has also started a Student Hunger Assistance Fund, where individuals can make a donation to the MassBay Foundation and their contribution will go directly to helping students have access to food. To make a donation visit; https://donate.massbay.
It’s been a wonderful summer, but all good things must come to an end. Yup, ready or not Wednesday, August 30 is the first day of Wellesley Public Schools. If you’re just barely skidding into town after weeks of gadding about and aren’t even sure what time your brood is expected to show up ready to learn, I’d say a visit to the school website is in order.
October 8 — All Beethoven
Consecration of the House Overture, Piano Concerto #2 with Mana Tokuno, Symphony No. 6
November 19* – Tchaikovsky, Delius, Rimsky-Korsakov
BSO Cellist Owen Young – Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme,
Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
December 17 – Holiday Pops
Christmas is for Kids!
February 11* – All American
Copland: A Lincoln Portrait – Deval Patrick, narrator
March 18 – Family Concert
Petting Zoo Show’n’Tell with Leslie HolmesMay 6* – Season FinaleGlazunov: Violin Concerto, Julia Glenn, violin
Delibes: “Cortege” from Sylvia Ballet, Brahms: Symphony No. 1* Subscription Series – pre-concert talk by Leslie Holmes at 2:15