Regarding the Nov. 9 letter “ Lunchroom lament”: The writer’s dilemma about the discarding of food left on the serving line at her school cafeteria presents teachers and students with some interesting problems: What is the value of that food? How would you calculate it? What options are there besides discarding the food? Which have been tried at other schools? What are the costs of those options?
If the food were donated to soup kitchens or other charities, would the school be liable for the quality of the food? Are there ways to recycle the food without such liability?
Efficient and equitable distribution of scarce resources is one of the core competencies our society struggles with. Why not engage our students in working on such problems?