Cambro has announced that its Camwear 9-inch plates will be used by all 36 public elementary schools in Spokane, Washington during this school year.
Spokane Public Schools took the decision to partner with Cambro in a bid to cut down on food waste after its nutrition services budget was recently cut by $1.5 million.
Doug Wordell, director of nutrition services at Spokane Public Schools tested out the plates at a Montessori school in the district, and was impressed with the results.
He said: “We found out kids managed it well, it looked good, the food —especially on a black plate — the colors of the food really jumped out.
“It displayed well, kids ate well, and it seemed like the custodians shared, ‘you know, gosh, there’s a little less garbage going in the garbage can,’ so whether they’re eating more or just taking more appropriate size portions for them, it seemed to work.”
Wordell slowly began adding more schools to the test each year, and after seeing solid success with eight schools during the 2018 school year, he felt comfortable expanding to all of the elementary schools in the district.
He said: “We’re hoping this is another win-win where we display good food for kids, it’s a reasonable product, but help manage and maybe limit our food cost.”