LAUSD Students Toss Out $100,000 in Food a Day, But That Could Change Under New State Law

So much school food goes wasted, tossed in the trash, uneaten. Each day in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students throw out at least $100,000 worth.

A new law will allow schools to collect unopened food items and untouched fruit for donation to food banks. In this photo from 2014, students from Washington Preparatory High are throwing away unused milk cartons, part of millions of dollars in wasted food. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A new law will allow schools to collect unopened food items and untouched fruit for donation to food banks. In this photo from 2014, students from Washington Preparatory High are throwing away unused milk cartons, part of millions of dollars in wasted food. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

That works out to about 600 tons of organic waste daily, according to a 2015 study.

The district pushed for a new law to help change that — and this week Gov. Jerry Brown signed it.

The law allows campuses to collect unopened items and untouched fruit and donate them to food banks.

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