New Educational Program Provides Younger Students Real-Life Activities about Single-Use Packaging

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Foodservice Packaging Institute develops an interactive classroom lesson to explore foodservice packaging and support children’s critical thinking skills.

To address school-age children, the Foodservice Packaging Institute launched an educational program geared toward students in grades four through six.

To address school-age children, the Foodservice Packaging Institute launched an educational program geared toward students in grades four through six.

Teachers can now add depth to their lessons by taking a closer look at single-use foodservice packaging — what it is, why it’s used, and how it can be a smart choice for sanitation, safety and environmental reasons.

Millions of people use foodservice packaging every day to enjoy meals, snacks and drinks, and this includes young people.

To address school-age children, the Foodservice Packaging Institute launched an educational program geared toward students in grades four through six. The program, developed along with the curriculum experts at Young Minds Inspired, includes activities that explore single-use foodservice packaging usage, encourage recycling and teach about sustainability.

“Teachers can now add depth to their lessons by taking a closer look at single-use foodservice packaging — what it is, why it’s used, and how it can be a smart choice for sanitation, safety and environmental reasons,” said Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

The free downloadable program includes a one-page teacher’s instruction guide, which provides suggestions, background information, and a link to national education curriculum standards. For students, two activity sheets promote deeper-level thinking and discussion, and enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and English language arts (ELA) classroom curriculums. The interactive activities include scenarios that help students understand how and why foodservice packaging was invented; how foodservice packaging compares to reusable products in different circumstances; and factors related to sanitation, safety, cost, convenience and the environment.

“The foodservice packaging industry is committed to reducing the impact of its products on the environment,” said Dyer. “Our goal with creating this educational program is for students to experience dynamic learning about foodservice packaging. Taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility.”

FPI’s foodservice packaging educational program was distributed last week to thousands of teachers across the nation.

Teachers can obtain a free copy by visiting the Young Minds Inspired website.

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ABOUT FPI: Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the leading authority for the North American foodservice packaging industry. FPI encourages the responsible use of all foodservice packaging through promotion of its benefits and members’ products. Serving as the voice of the industry to educate and influence stakeholders, FPI provides a legal forum to address the challenges and opportunities facing the foodservice packaging industry. Members include foodservice packaging manufacturers and their raw material and machinery suppliers, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, distributors and nearly 50 school districts, colleges and universities. Learn more at http://www.fpi.org.

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