Ramona USD's student-centered food recovery program has been recognized as a model in California and across the nation. The innovative partnership between the district, San Diego County and the community won CSBA's Golden Bell "Going Green!" award, which includes a $5000 prize sponsored by F3.
Over 22,000 pounds of food have been diverted from landfills - 4000 pounds source reduced, 6200 pounds donated, 4800 pounds fed to animals, and more than 7000 pounds composted.
Eight schools, with a combined enrollment of 5400, participate in the program. An in-vessel composter located at Ramona High School handles 50 pounds per day of diverted food and students run the day-to-day operations. Finished compost is used in the student garden, which has been designated an official culinary garden by the San Diego County's Department of Environmental Health and Food and Housing Division.
Photo above, left to right:
Anne Staffieri, superintendent, Ramona USD superintendent; Carlos Villegas, partner, F3; Gloria Quinn, teacher, Ramona USD; Christopher Keeler, partner, F3.
Ramona USD accepts a check for $5000 from F3.
To get more information about the Golden Bell Awards, including eligibility criteria and timeline for judging, see the CSBA web site.