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"Food Rescue" program could come to Waco ISD

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The Waco School Board will discuss a new project that could help get food to those who need it.

The program called Food Rescue would allow food not used by cafeterias in the district be given to local services. Organizers of the program for the district say they've been working on this for a while. Previously the USDA would not allow schools to do this, but now they've set down guidelines which will allow the food to be given away.

Cliff Reece is the food service director for Waco ISD. He says the food will be frozen and then 501c3 organizations can come and pick the food up. Reece says no food set on the line for students will be distributed. The food will mostly be in hot storage that's prepared.

"Or it's been something prepared that we don't feel like can be served again than that product typically gets thrown out so this is an opportunity to be able to get that product to someone that can use it," Reece said.

Reece says the food will be anything from lasagna to burger patties. Basically anything that can be frozen and served again and still retain its flavor. The school district will also provide pans for organizations that pick up the food.

The "Food Rescue" program had a pilot start this past year at the Indian Springs Middle School in Waco. Reece says it went very well and local organizations gave positive feedback. The School Board will discuss the topic Thursday night. They could vote on it as early as December 19 with the program beginning in 2014.

The program will start slow its first year with only six campuses, spread between high school, middle school and elementary schools, distributing food.

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