Detroit, MI – July 23, 2020 – Local food recovery nonprofit Food Rescue US – Detroit has announced the expansion of their weekly farm distribution program, providing 1,600 25-pound produce boxes to over 15 community-based social service agencies. The program, that started in late May, will now continue through the end of August.
Through partnerships with The Farm Link Project and the USDA Farmers to Families Program, Food Rescue US – Detroit has already provided over 400,000 lbs. of food to social service agency partners throughout Metro Detroit while also supporting the neighboring cities of Flint, Saginaw, Midland, and Ypsilanti.
“I know this food is making a huge impact on those who receive it, but it’s also incredibly meaningful for every person involved in these distributions each Friday” said Darraugh Collins, Site Director, Food Rescue US – Detroit. “We are able to build community when we are so isolated from one another, while also nourishing our community during this difficult time. We are so grateful to the TCF Center team for being such an incredible partner in this effort.”
Every Friday, with the help of over 20 local volunteers, Food Rescue US – Detroit uses the loading dock at TCF Center to receive and distribute the produce boxes.
“One of the food insecurity issues we deal with in the 48213 area is the lack of fresh produce and accessibility to that produce given that grocery stores that have it are over 7 miles away. We are excited to receive and distribute produce like this within our community and it is making a difference to those we provide for, which include families and seniors,” said Stephen Herrod, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church East.
Part of national food recovery nonprofit Food Rescue US, Food Rescue US – Detroit has provided over 481,000 meals to the food insecure and kept over 577,000 pounds of food from landfill since starting in 2019.
Volunteer opportunities for the weekly distributions can be viewed here. To make a donation in support of the Food Rescue US – Detroit, please visit the Food Rescue US COVID-19 Response Fund and designate your donation to “Detroit”.
About Food Rescue US
Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand. Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 26 locations across the country, providing 37 million meals and keeping 51 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visit foodrescue.us, find us on Facebook @FoodRescueUS or follow us on Twitter @foodrescueUS.