Youth Education Program: kNOw Waste

We are currently taking applications from schools interested in bringing Food Forward’s kNOw Waste program to their 5th grade during the Spring of 2018. If you are a teacher or administrator interested in applying please fill out our school interest form.


What is kNOw Waste?

kNOw Waste is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th grade curriculum that introduces students to the connections between reducing food waste, improving environmental outcomes, hunger as a social concern, and the importance of utilizing surplus to meet the needs of the food insecure.

The concept of “food waste” is receiving growing attention from the media, but kids are largely being left out of the conversation. Food Forward seeks to change that through a new initiative called kNOw Waste, which aims to educate young people about food waste and food insecurity and inspire them to create a lasting change.

Recent studies show more than 48 million Americans, including 15.3 million children, struggle with hunger. At the same time, 40% of food in the United States goes uneaten, amounting to 90 billion pounds or $165 billion a year in waste.


Over the course of six weeks, this six-lesson curriculum confronts questions such as:

What is food waste?
Why is food waste an important issue in the United States?
Is anything being done about this issue?
How does this affect me, and how can I make a difference?

Instruction of this program is provided by our trained educators and implented during regular school hours. All lessons are standards-aligned and involve a multimedia and hands-on approach to teaching and learning, unconventional tastings, and additional opportunities to engage in the fight against food waste. The topics covered in each lesson align with a variety of subjects, including Science, Social Studies, Math, & English, allowing the participation in our education program to be a convenient complement for teachers’ lesson plans.

kNOw Waste is designed in collaboration with an educator and curriculum developer with over 20 years experience in educational leadership and is offered to participating schools 100% free of charge.

Since 2016 Food Forward kNOw Waste has partnered with 10 elementary schools throughout Los Angeles and we’re excited to continue working with more schools in the 2017-2018 academic year.


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If you are interested in applying to become a kNOw Waste Classroom Educator, you can view the job description here.