L.A. Unified School District students throw out at least $100,000 worth of food a day — and probably far more, according to estimates by the district’s food services director. That amounts to $18 million a year, based on a conservative estimate.
Under federal school meal rules, students have to take at least three items — including a fruit or vegetable — even if they don’t want them. Otherwise, the federal government won’t reimburse school districts for the meals.
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