Food waste continues to be a problem in the United States. According to Feeding America, “72 billion pounds of food goes to waste while 37 million Americans struggle with hunger.”
The Food Rescue program rescues some food and other types of donated goods to prevent waste. Second Harvest Food Bank partners with food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers. These partners help prevent food waste and rescue surplus foods. These foods help feed people experiencing hunger.
Donated goods include day-old baked goods, dairy approaching expiration, bruised fruits, and vegetables and perishable goods with damaged packaging. A refrigerated truck picks up and transports the food. Once picked up, the driver delivers the food directly to an agency. Partner agencies include food pantries, shelters, senior housing facilities, etc. Food Rescue saves organizations thousands of dollars a month.
Because of Food Rescue, agencies expand their resources and provide better service to the clients they serve. Some organizations, rely exclusively on Food Rescue as their only food source. The people who receive food from this program get high-quality, fresh, nutritious foods.
If you would like to donate to the Food Rescue program, or if you have questions about this program, please contact Ruth Ivey.