Food Runner Profile: Richard & Jane Thompson

Location: Manchester, Connecticut

Partner Organization: Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC)

unnamed (3)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/.

MACC Food Rescue Program Kicks Off In October via Hartford Courant

We are pleased to announce we are working with MACC Charities in Manchester, Connecticut, our newest community partner in the fight against food insecurity.

MACC Charities has partnered with Community Plates to help end the wasting of food. As a result, MACC has officially started its Food Rescue Program, which began on Oct. 1. The program focuses on “rescuing” quality food that has been left over from businesses and would have otherwise been thrown away.

MACC Charities is looking for food donors, food runners and supporters for this new initiative.

“It’s all about quick, direct transfer; getting the food directly from the business to MACC,” said Community Engagement Manager Meagan Sprague. “What we do is log all of our food runs on the [Community Plates] technology and volunteers can log on a computer or an app on their phone and see what food runs are available and then they can sign up.”

To read the full story, visit Hartford Courant.