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Donating Leftover Food to Those in Need

The Sage Dining team holds up the food that will be donated.

During the 2022-23 school year, Country Day and SAGE Dining Services began teaming up with Last Mile Food Rescue, a local nonprofit whose mission is to “save good food and get it to those who need it most,” to donate viable leftover food to help battle food insecurity in the Cincinnati area.

Since December 2022, we have donated over 2,000 pounds of food and delivered almost 1,700 meals to those in need. Senior Food Service Director Casey Wolford and his team from SAGE do their best to limit waste from each meal, but, he says, “there are variables out of our control: students who are not at school that day, field trips, and things like that. To have this opportunity to feed others with food that would otherwise go to waste is awesome.”

Casey and his team prepare the leftovers for food safety and The Last Mile picks up the donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our food donations are going to Impacting Tomorrow in Milford, which provides a “wide variety of fresh and packaged food resources … at no cost to the shopper in a market environment.”

Along with the donating of leftover food, over 32,000 pounds of food scraps have been composted this year.