Project Clean Plate aims to reduce food waste at UNK

KEARNEY –  Reducing food waste at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is the goal of Project Clean Plate, a sustainability program occurring this week (Sept. 9-13) on campus at The Market @ 27th.

There are several programs throughout the week to encourage and teach students effective ways to reduce waste.

The Residence Hall Association and UNK Dining Services spearhead the project, which is in its second year.

On Monday, students pledged to reduce waste, and pre-portioned food was available for students to give a visual of what appropriate portion sizes look like.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, RHA members will track food and liquid waste during lunch and dinner.

“We will be getting our base number on these two days, and then we will track again on Nov. 12-13,” RHA adviser Jen Kacere said. “If we reduce waste between September and November, UNK Dining will donate pound for pound the amount we reduce to a community organization.”

The goal of Project Clean Plate is for students to become more conscious of the food they take, compared with what they consume, Kacere said.