(CNN)An Indiana school system is testing a new program that turns food that would normally go to waste into meals for children who need them.
Perfectly good food was going in the trash, so an Indiana school turned it into take-home meals for hungry kids
As part of a pilot program, 20 students at Woodland Elementary School in Elkhart went home on Friday with an insulated backpack stuffed with eight frozen meals to help them get through the weekend.
"We had to start a little small because we weren't sure if we would have enough food," said Natalie Bickel, the supervisor of student services for Elkhart Community Schools. "The kids were thrilled, staff were crying, kids were so excited."
Bickel said that 64% of the more tha