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Project Clean Plate Reduces Food Waste at UNK

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UNK has set out to reduce food waste on campus with Project Clean Plate.

The project is not only an educational tool for students, but also makes a difference in the community.

Mardi Engles, UNK dining services, said, "This is student driven. If it wasn't for the students pushing food waste and teaching their peers about it, this wouldn't be possible."

She's talking about a 67 pound food donation to the Salvation Army sponsored by the Residential Hall Association as a part of Project Clean Plate.

The project is in its second year and the Salvation Army can already feel the benefits.

Andrea McClintic, board president at the Salvation Army, said, "It just makes me so proud of UNK students because not only did they save 67 pounds this year in ways, but they've saved probably close to 900 pounds altogether in the past two years."

McClintic believes this is why the program is so beneficial.

"It means a lot to be able to not waste that food that others could be using," she said.

Ross Nickles, a resident assistant at UNK, hopes that the changes happening at the university will spread out into the surrounding community.

"The university is deeply tied to Kearney, so I think that through our efforts we can kind of serve as a model to what people can do around Kearney," he said.

This is the second year UNK Dining Services has teamed up with the students for this event. Organizers plan to make it an annual program.

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