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It's Never Too Early to Start Learning About Foodservice Packaging

At the beginning of each new year, we establish FPI's strategic goals. (You can learn more about them here.) One of our 2016 goals was a bit nebulous –  to share benefits and dispel myths about foodservice packaging with broader audiences

We regularly work to advocate for our industry and to educate consumers on the many benefits of foodservice packaging. We wanted to go bigger. We started by thinking about where people get their information – from books, online, television, etc. But what stood out is that we were focusing on adults. What about kids?  Millions of kids use foodservice packaging every day. Shouldn’t they know more about the trays holding their lunches or the cups holding their drinks? 

While we here at FPI like to think of ourselves as educators on the topic of foodservice packaging, we’re not teachers. We don’t know curriculum standards, and we don’t know what teachers need to teach a lesson on foodservice packaging. 

That's why we decided to partner with an organization called Young Minds Inspired. Together, we created an educational program for kids in fourth through sixth grades. The activities explore single-use foodservice packaging usage, encourage recycling/composting and teach about sustainability.

We thought this was a great opportunity for teachers to add depth to their lessons. If you can educate kids on the what, why and how on foodservice packaging, they would have a better understanding of why it’s a smart choice for sanitation, safety and environmental reasons. 

The downloadable program is available for free. It includes a one-page teacher's instruction guide along with two activities for students that promote deeper-level thinking and discussion, and enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics and English language arts classroom education – what are known as STEM and ELA 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.

At FPI, and within our industry, we are committed to reducing the impact of foodservice packaging products on the environment. By creating this educational program, we hope to provide an opportunity for students to experience dynamic learning about the foodservice packaging products they use every day. The program is now live so teachers can begin downloading and using the materials. 

You can check out the full educational program here. We’d love to hear what you — and your kids — think!
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 5/9/2017 11:22:00 AM