We started our food rescue season last year with a big goal. We said that from October 1st of 2013 through September 30 of 2014 we wanted to pick up and deliver the equivalent of 3,000,000 meals to people in need in the four communities we currently serve. It was a lofty goal but I’m happy to report that with 3 months left to go, we’re on track to achieve that much fresh food rescued and maybe just a little bit more.
I included a picture of Jamie above who rescues food for us (pictured in the middle of a food rescue) at our Fairfield County site because I want to make sure we all remember that you’re the ones that are doing this. You. In your vehicle. On your lunch hour. On your way home from work. On Saturday morning while you’re running errands. And you and you and you makes us. This is what we’ve done so far…together:
- 2.2 million meals delivered to our neighbors who are struggling to know where their next meal is coming from.
- 3.3 million pounds of food rescued that would have otherwise ended up in landfills, emitting greenhouse gases.
- A conservative value of 3.7 million dollars worth of food saved and utilized the best way it could have been.
Now…we’ve got three months left to rescue about 800,000 meals. They are summer months which have often been a little less productive for us, so to reach our goal we need all hands on deck plus a few more. Please sign up for a food rescue today and encourage a friend to visit www.foodrescueus.wpengine.com to become a Community Plates food runner.
We can do this together! Our friends in need in Ohio, Connecticut and New Mexico are counting on us.