Location: Manchester, Connecticut
Partner Organization: Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC)
Richard and Jane Thompson have been volunteering with MACC for the past 12 years. They started volunteering occasionally with their church, South United Methodist in Manchester, but once they heard about MACC’s food rescue program, they knew they had to make it a regular thing.
“We hate seeing food go to waste where there are people in need.” Jane says. “We like being Food Runners because its a really quick, and easy way to help the community and it still allows us to interact with a variety of MACC volunteers and clients.”
The couple has been picking up donations of produce, frozen food, caned goods, prepared meals, and dairy for the past 10 years from Whole Foods Market in Glastonbury CT. “It’s the high point of our week,” says Jane. “We make a whole morning of it; we stop and get our coffee along the way and then head to MACC where we are greeted by the kids from Coventry High School.” Richard and Jane enjoy bringing in all the donations, sorting through the items and helping the kids stock the shelves.
“Food rescue is so much fun because it’s like searching for gold; you never know what great treasures your going to find.” Richard states.
This was reprinted with permissoins from MACC. For more information on MACC or to become a food runner in the Manchester, CT area, visit: http://macc-ct.org/food-rescue/.