There have been a few speaking-up type folks that have suggested we’ve got some lingo floating around at Community Plates that not everyone understands. It doesn’t take long before any organization creates new language and when a newcomer starts working with the organization their inability to understand these unique words can put them on the outside looking in.
Since one of CP’s core values is Simplicity the suggestion has been made that we do a real quick “lingo-recap.” It’s a good suggestion so I’ve asked Kevin to help clarify things:
NOTE: These are CP definitions and not legal or dictionary definitions
Food-Insecurity: The inability to provide for oneself or one’s family the amount and quality of food necessary for healthy living.
Food-Rescue: The heroic act of saving healthy edible food intended for dumpsters and landfills.
Direct-Transfer: The act of moving food from where it is rescued directly to where it can be used. The emphasis here is on cutting out the middle man anywhere possible in order to maximize the usability of the rescued food.
Run: What CP calls each individual pickup and delivery.
Adopting a Run: A more consistent commitment (but not life-long or unalterable) to a specific run that works well for the schedule of a CP food-runner.
Food-Runners: The passionate generous people who directly transfer rescued food and in the process end American food-insecurity one run at a time. The backbone of the CP food-rescue platform.
Food-Donors: Food service organizations who have healthy edible foods they are willing to allow food-runners to transfer to CP receiving agencies.
Receiving-Agencies: Food-pantries and soup-kitchens who are experts in taking care of those in need.
Food-Pantry: Hunger-relief partners who distribute groceries to individuals and families that will be prepared in their clients homes. In general they don’t distribute prepared foods.
Soup-Kitchen: Hunger relief partners who provide hot meals to individuals and families that are generally prepared and eaten on site. These agencies sometimes also have “take-home” or “take-to-work” options as well but these foods are still normally prepared at the agency site.
Sponsor: Individuals and corporations who see the promise of direct-transfer food-rescue and contribute their energies and monies to advance the cause in ways other than running food.