What’s Up with These New Trays?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 , Posted by Sodexo-Jackmont @ Atlanta Public Schools at 8:22 AM


What’s Up with These New Trays?

You have probably asked your Operations Manager, the Chef and yourself this question, “what’s up with these new cafeteria trays” more than once since they have been implemented. Well there is a story behind the trays and I am going to share it with you all.

Two years ago, a Girl Scout troop at Mary Lin Elementary School decided they were going to go on a lunch strike as long as the school lunches were being served on a foam cafeteria tray. This sparked an initiative by the district to look into the option of purchasing an environmentally friendly lunch tray.

At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, Sodexo-Jackmont, made a conscious decision, thanks to the support of our client, Atlanta Public Schools, to move from a foam cafeteria tray in schools, to a 100% bio-degradable tray. In all 89 of the schools, our meals are served on Savaday by Chinet molded fiber trays.

The new trays are made from a renewable source: 100% recycled paper fibers. There are also days when we serve our breakfast out of paper boats, which is also made from 100% recyclable material. These two options allows us to meet the needs of the students, the client and equally as important mother nature.

Currently we serve over nine million meals in a school year, which means we are keeping nine million foam trays out of the landfills. So next time you are asked, “What’s up with these new trays” your response should be: Sodexo-Jackmont and Atlanta Public Schools have chosen the right product for students and the environment. With every meal we serve we are helping to save the environment.

And that’s what’s up with these trays!

                                                                                                              Written By. Noell Curry

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