It was just about a year ago that we performed our first food-rescue. We picked up a few pans of food from our first restaurant partner (we will always love you in that special way Match Restaurant of South Norwalk, Connecticut) and delivered them to a soup-kitchen down the road. This year has been about becoming informed and further connected to the cause of food-insecurity and even more excited about the promise of direct-transfer food-rescue.
One year in, if we had to give a synopsis of what we’ve learned it would be…
There’s Even More
1. There’s even more food going to waste than we originally thought. We got started because we knew good food (that could potentially feed hungry American families) was going to waste. We had no idea how much food it would actually be! We’ve rescued almost a million pounds of food now and most of that was rescued just in our launch location of Fairfield County, before we added our new two sites in Albuquerque and Columbus. This year’s number will be double or more. A recent study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases found that Americans throw away as much as 40 percent of their food.
2. People are even more willing to help that we thought they would be. We had an idea that there were a good group of passionate people who wanted to make a difference but we’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that people are even more generous with their time and energy than we could have ever hoped. Up against the bad news of the rapidly escalating problem of food-insecurity in the United States, here’s some good news; we are learning that there are more than enough generous people to turn back that tide and make this unnecessary problem go away.
3. There’s even more reason to believe that hunger in the U.S. is a problem with an expiration date. Although we haven’t yet wrapped our head around the very different problem of world hunger, we are even more convinced than when we started that hunger in the U.S. is a simple problem of logistics and that a volunteer-driven, technology-fueled, direct transfer food-rescue platform can form the backbone of a “Food For All” movement that ultimately brings an end to our neighbors and friends going without the most basic of needs.
How has the last year been even more than you expected?