“Cleaning an onion, trimming the meat, taking the tops off celery, all of that is what we send for composting,” Connors said.
The medical center also donates unused food that is close to expiration for soup kitchens to use.
“We think it’s the right thing to do,” Connors said.
Parkland is also a part of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, which sets up challenges including ones for food.
It will try to include healthier drinks and a more balanced menu, and has already made changes to do so.
There is no goal at the moment, Connors said, because it is their first year committing to the challenge.
“We want to see how our numbers break out,” she said.