Eat What You Take, Take Only What You'll Eat
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 26, 2007
Carolyn Kirkpatrick photo
Dining services is reminding those who utilize university dining halls
to remember what their mothers used to say: clean your plate; there are
people starving somewhere.
Of the 11,520 meals served in UNH dining halls each day, 1, 258 pounds
of food gets thrown out. That’s almost 9,000 pounds a week of waste.
And that’s why, again this year, dining services launched “Save
it for Seconds.” The only-take-what-you’ll-eat campaign urges
students, faculty and staff to start with single helpings and, if they’re
still hungry, go back for seconds rather than heaping their trays the
first time through.
“Food waste costs each meal plan holder money in what they pay
for that unconsumed food,” says Jon Plodzik, director of dining
services. “It uses resources that could be better used elsewhere
(labor and disposal expense) and improper portioning leads to the Freshmen
15 we talk so much about.”
While the bulk of the uneaten food is composted, there is still an amount
that simply goes in the trash.
"Save it for Seconds” challenges diners to forego trays so
they’ll take less food and to take appropriate portions. The campaign
runs through Friday, Sept. 28.