New California law allows schools to donate leftovers

A student eats a school lunch (KOIN, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tons of food thrown out each week by California schools can now go to food banks.

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill allowing campuses to donate food that students got on their trays but didn’t eat. That includes untouched fruit and unopened packages.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2hCOe1b ) says the Los Angeles Unified School District pushed for the measure.

The paper says kids in the nation’s second-largest school district throw out about $100,000 worth of uneaten food each day. That works out to about 600 tons of organic waste daily.

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